Fortunately, the boy is recovering and will be OK.
Springville police arrested two men Wednesday in connection with the hit-and-run accident Sunday afternoon that sent 15-year-old Joshua Evans to the hospital with severe injuries.
Police say a 26-year-old male was driving a red Pontiac Firebird on Sunday afternoon when he hit Evans, who was riding his bike. After police asked the public for help locating the vehicle, officers say the man panicked and, with the help of his 19-year-old brother, drove the car up Spanish Fork Canyon on Monday night, put a container of gas in the back and pushed the vehicle off the Thistle Overlook.
“He told us he wanted to hide the car where he thought we wouldn’t find it,” said Springville Police Lt. Dave Caron. “It didn’t work out for him.”
A group of campers near where the car landed saw the car’s flames and called the Spanish Fork Fire Department, who notified Springville police when they realized it was a red Firebird.
With the help of the Utah State Motor Pool, officers were able to locate the vehicle identification number and trace it back to the family of the two men. Both are believed to be in the country illegally, and agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement helped locate them.
The younger brother was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in an unrelated incident early Wednesday morning, Caron said. After police interviewed him, they decided to hold him for investigation of obstruction of justice. The older brother was arrested later Wednesday morning, for investigation of leaving the scene of an accident and obstruction of justice. Police say he was arrested without incident and confessed to hitting Evans and attempting to torch the car.
As for the boy:
…the most satisfying aspect has been Evans’ speedy recovery. He has been moved out of the intensive care unit at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and is now listed in fair condition.
“When (the accident) first happened, we weren’t sure he’d pull through,” Caron said. “So we’re really thrilled.”
…Evans was scheduled to be released today.
In some sadder news, however (if you have not already heard about this):
Witnesses: SUV Driver Fondling Woman Before Crash – the driver (a human trafficker) resulted in the death of 8 illegal immigrants. Click here for video of the story.
According to the story: “He [ Rigoberto Salas-Lopez, the driver] said he was given the vehicle by a man in Phoenix who offered him $1,000 to drive the people to St. Louis from Phoenix”.
If this is accurate, I would hope that the Phoenix man is found and tried as an accomplice to murder or human trafficking, at a minimum.