Smithfield man arrested in connection to Idaho hit-and-run incident

Oct 26, 2022, 7:00 PM
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Police in Provo are seeking help in identifying a car possibly involved in a hit-and-run (Shutterstock)

SMITHFIELD, Utah — A 33-year-old Smithfield man is in the Cache County Jail awaiting extradition to Idaho for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run incident earlier this month.

According to a news release from the Idaho State Police, Christopher James Ward was taken into custody Wednesday morning by Smithfield Police.

On Oct. 16, the ISP responded to a hit-and-run incident in the area of S. State Street and E. 4800 South in Franklin County.

Once on scene, law enforcement personnel discovered a 25-year-old bicyclist who had suffered serious injuries. The victim was transported by helicopter to an area hospital for medical treatment. 

Based on the investigation of the incident, ISP troopers believed the vehicle in question was a 2015-2018 Volkswagen Jetta. Police say it had suffered significant frontend damage as a result of the collision.

Since that time, authorities in Idaho have investigated the incident. According to the news release, police determined the vehicle belonged to Ward based on tips and evidence. 

With the assistance of the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, an arrest warrant was issued for Ward. During his arrest, Ward’s vehicle was seized and will be returned to Idaho. 

Since the incident, the bicyclist has been transferred to a hospital in Utah and remains in critical condition.

If you have information on the hit-and-run incident in Idaho, you are asked to call the ISP at 208-239-9800.

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