WEST VALLEY Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Kevin Chase was hoping to grab a quick bite Saturday night. "It has been extremely tough for us,” says Leland Chase, Kevin’s father. “Fortunately we have a lot of good neighbors."
He never made it to the grocery store.
A vehicle struck him as he was crossing Redwood Road near 4000 South.
Leland Chase got the call at 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Police told him his son was dead. He had been hit while crossing Redwood Road.
“I put my hands on my head and I said ‘oh crap what in tarnation is happening,’" recalls Chase.
Police arrested Zay Speed. He's accused of being under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene.
“The fellow that hit him did not brake,” says chase. “He went a little further down the road.”
According to police Speed parked his van and ran leaving his door wide open.
They found the van door open and ultimately found the man owning the van.
But police say Kevin Chase was jaywalking when he was hit. Neighbors who live there say jaywalking is common. Many are trying to reach a grocery store across the street and the nearest traffic light is about 300 yards away.
"Every day (it happens),” says Chris Ascomb who lives in the same apartment complex as Kevin Chase. “I mean this complex and there's more complexes down the road that they'll walk over here to Smiths (grocery store). I mean I'm even guilty of it."
Chase's father admits his son was jaywalking but wants changes on Redwood Road.
“My only suggestion to make is have Salt Lake County to put a couple of street lights on each side of the street to light it up a little better,” says Chase.
WEST VALLEY Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Kevin Chase was hoping to grab a quick bite Saturday night.
"It has been extremely tough for us,” says Leland Chase, Kevin’s father. “Fortunately we have a lot of good neighbors."