Police search for driver accused of hitting skateboarder in West Valley City

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WEST VALLEY CITY -- Police need your help to find a person of interest in a hit-and-run crash that critically hurt a skateboarder near 40th west and 42nd South in West Valley City Tuesday night.

Detective are looking for 32-year-old Joseph Crecencio Granados, who they said owns the car.

Witnesses saw a grey Acura weaving back and forth at high speeds with no lights on.

Neighbors said seconds later, a long boarder was crossing the street and didn't see the erratic car coming right at him.

"He hit the pedestrian and kept on going," said Lt. Matt Elson of the West Valley City Police Department.

A scene diagram showed the collision threw the long boarder more than 100 feet.

"When we walked over and saw him, I just felt sick," Witness Brynly Margetts said. "We put two-and-two together and obviously that car was involved in that. That's why it sped off so fast, even though it was damaged. And then we learned it wreck two other vehicles."

Police said that same vehicle was involved in another hit-and-run crash involving a vehicle just a couple of blocks away from where he hit the victim.

Police said the suspect fled the scene with a visibly damaged car. They said the driver ditched the vehicle in a nearby neighborhood and fled on foot.

Investigators used the ownership records on the car to find Joseph Granados, but they said they're not sure if he was the driver.

"We are never going to know exactly what happened unless we get all the players involved," said Roxeanne Vainuku, a public information officer for the West Valley City Police Department. "It's very important not only for the resolution of the crime, but also for your own protection. If you are in a accident like this, you need to stop."

The impact knocked out the victim, 21-year-old Justin Manuel Armendariz. He underwent surgery after sustaining severe injuries to his head and leg.


    • StinkyPete

      The same kind of mental deficient that would hit a skateboarder and flee the scene. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did it on purpose.


  • Heather Garrow

    Really what kind of idiot talks about his tattoo’s. This man hit my cousin and left him for dead! I am outraged that you find it intresting to talk about that and not the injustice my cousin is facing!!!!

    • Bob

      The scribble marks on his face give us an insight as to the mentality of Mr. Granados. You’re just going to have to work through your outrage honey – I’m not the fool who hit the skateboarder.

    • jewlzzz

      Heather my boys also skateboard and this upsets me everytime I see this happen. Prayers for your cousin. As for bob, just ignore him he’s the product of years of incest and inbreeding and is his own first cousin right bob?

  • trevor

    There are always cars that race up and down 4000 West. Usually at night. It’s really annoying but I don’t think the cops care about it much. I never hear a siren when listening to people race up and down that street. I’ve told the city about it once but I’ve never seen a cop on that road at night. The weekends are the worst. I hope they catch this guy. What an idiot. I really hope the skateboarder can recover.

  • Tiffanie

    I grew up with Justin and his family. I really hope whoever did this gets found and he is punished. I also hope Justin survives and can pull through this.

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