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West Valley City man charged in a fatal hit-and-run

Published June 12, 2014 8:25 am
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A man has been charged with automobile homicide in a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian in Salt Lake City.

In charges filed Wednesday in 3rd District Court, police wrote that Porfirio Zamora was driving a Nissan Altima on May 31. The Altima crashed into a parked car and then hit 79-year-old Frank Martinez while speeding through the parking area of an apartment complex near 700 North and 900 West. Martinez suffered "extensive" brain trauma and other injuries. Martinez died about a week later.

An officer about five minutes after the crash found the Nissan parked on the road a little more than a mile from the crash scene, police wrote. Paint had scraped onto the vehicle, and a light cover was broken, police wrote. The missing pieces matched pieces found at the crash. Zamora, 44, of West Valley City, was in the driver's seat and appeared to be drunk, police wrote. His blood alcohol tested at .22, nearly three times the legal limit, police wrote. Zamora also had no license, police wrote.

Zamora was charged with second-degree felony automobile homicide, third-degree felony leaving the scene of an accident involving death, and misdemeanor traffic violations.





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