Genaro Zaragoza-Valencia was pulled off of life support Tuesday after he was struck by a driver Monday evening.
It happened near 1700 South and 1000 West in Salt Lake City and police are seeking information on the vehicle they suspect was used in the crime.
“Evidence at the scene indicates that the vehicle that struck Mr. Valencia is a Silver 2002-2003 BMW 3 series, 2-door coupe or convertible,” the press release stated. “After hitting Mr. Valencia, the BMW left the scene westbound on 1700 S.”
Meanwhile Zaragoza’s wife is hoping the driver will surrender.
“I don't know what to tell that man who hit my husband,” says Beatriz Izarraraz. “If he did something wrong he should have told that to his face. I don't know why he ran over him like that. My husband wasn't a bad person.”
Zaragoza's wife says he's retired and often walked through the neighborhood looking for aluminum cans. She remembers their last conversation.
“He told me he will be right back but he never did,” she says.
She had no idea all the police cars and ambulance down the streets were there for her husband. Just before 7 p.m. Monday night, her husband was hit by a driver. The driver disappeared.
It was a call from the hospital that made her aware that her husband was not coming home.
“My husband was very hurt when I first saw him,” she recalls. “His head was full of blood, his legs were swollen. He had a lot of bruises throughout his body.”
She says he was on life support and was given very little chance to live.
“I touched him like this and his body suddenly moved,” she says. “I'm thinking he heard me when I whispered his name.”
But after that, she says he never responded.
“They told me they were going to take him off of life support and that was the hardest thing for me to do,” she says.
Police say the driver dragged Zaragoza nearly 75-feet before leaving him on the ground. The car is described as a Silver, 2002-2003 BMW 3 series, 2-door coupe or convertible. Police also suspect the vehicle may have front end damage as well as on the passenger side.
If anyone has information contact Salt Lake City police at 801-799-3000.
Izarraraz says she will return the body to Mexico for burial. But the family has little money to do so. Relatives have set up a trust fund. Donations are being accepted at any Chase Bank in the name of Genaro Zaragoza.