Police identify pedestrian hit, killed by car in Sandy

SANDY, Utah — Sandy Police have identified the man who was hit and killed by a car while walking in a crosswalk Thursday afternoon.

Police identified the victim as Sandy resident, 44-year-old Fernando Cruz Lavana.

Sandy Police said Lavana was walking in a pedestrian crosswalk in the area of 10040 S Wasatch Blvd when he was struck by a white Toyota Camry that was heading southbound on Wasatch Blvd.

Lavana succumbed to his injuries and died on scene, according to Sandy PD.

Police said the driver, a 68-year-old from Sandy, is complying with police. Police also mentioned the driver did not appear to be impaired.

The area of the accident was cleared and able to be used as of 5:40 p.m. Thursday.

The accident is still under investigation, police said it could be several days before they know what caused the crash.

“Even though the cause of this accident has not been determined yet, I always look at tragic situations as a strong reminder to any pedestrian before they enter the roadway to take a moment to ensure there’s not an approaching hazard,” said Lt. Dean Carriger with Sandy PD. “Make sure the operator of a motor vehicle sees you and make sure they have the ability to stop if they see you before they enter into the roadway.”

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