A man fatally struck by cars on Interstate 15 in Layton had just fled a nearby hospital, where he was to undergo an involuntary psychiatric evaluation, and was being chased by security and local law officers at the time his death.
James Flynn, 29, had been admitted to Davis Hospital earlier Thursday by Syracuse police. About 6 p.m., as Layton police arrived at the hospital on another matter, Flynn broke loose from hospital security and fled the grounds. Layton police joined guards in trying to take Flynn into custody.
"He ran out of the hospital and into the east-side parking lot, where he jumped over a fence and onto an off-ramp," said Layton police Lt. Shawn Horton. "One of our officers said it appeared he was trying to get into the [travel] lanes, apparently attempting suicide."