Animals

Victim in intentional hit-and-run killed after confronting driver for abusing tiny dog

Source: Pet Rescue Report

On Wednesday, a Utah man was killed in a hit-and-run incident after he confronted a driver for abusing a tiny dog. Police are searching for the driver of a black Lexus who is suspected of killing Jeremy Hardman on Wednesday, after the victim confronted the man while stopped at an intersection.

According to KslNews,  theWest Valley City police stated the crash, which occurred at the intersection of 4100 South and 3600 West is being investigated as a homicide. Hardman had been in a car with his co-worker, Jason Estes, when the men pulled over and started arguing with the suspect about abusing a small dog. After the confrontation, as the men headed back to their vehicle, Hardman hesitated and said he dropped something. At the same time, the suspect entered into his vehicle and drove back towards the intersection striking Hardman with his vehicle inside of the crosswalk. Eyewitnesses stated it was an intentional act, and the suspect had turned around deliberately to strike Hardman with his vehicle.Jeremy Hardman cover

Described as a kind and loving man, Hardman was especially known for his love of dogs:

“Just the biggest dog lover I’ve ever known and probably the biggest dog lover any of us have ever known,” Hardman’s best friend Brandon Beckstead told Fox News. “It’s just fitting that he passed away saving a dog, trying to save a dog, doing whatever he could to help with that dog.”

The Humane Society of Utah issued a statement on Thursday also calling Hardman a hero.

“We extend our sincerest condolences to Hardman’s friends and family. He was a hero in the truest sense of the word for selflessly stopping to defend a helpless animal in need, and his murder is most tragic,” stated Gene Baierschidt, director of the Humane Society.

There have been no details about whose dog it was or where the dog was after the hit-and-run. It also wasn’t clear whether Hardman’s friend was also targeted. Other details, including whether Hardman and the attacker knew each other have not been disclosed.

Police are asking for the public’s help locating the suspect described as white or Hispanic, aged to be in his late 20s or early 30s with a buzz-style haircut. The Lexus involved has been located. According to FoxNews, West Valley City Police Department confirmed Friday night the vehicle was found on a residential street in Taylorsville. There was no one inside the car when it was located. The car has been impounded. Police continue to investigate the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the West Valley City Police Dispatch at 801.840.4000.

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(Photos of hit-and-run victim via  screenshots from Fox News, West Valley City Police Dispatch and KslNews)

Cheryl Hanna

Cheryl Hanna

Cheryl Hanna has been a freelance writer for the last eight years. During that time, I developed into the top writer for Examiner.com on the subject of animal rescue and advocacy. I am passionate about animal welfare and have been instrumental in the rescue of thousands of dogs, horses, cats and assorted other sentient creatures needing their voices heard. On July 1, 2016, Examiner.com closed. By July 4, the Pet Rescue Report was created; we average between 30,000 and 40,000 hits on any single day. We are avid users of social media and use our Facebook, Twitter and other social media links to advance our readership. I was also involved in customer service, and was an active participant on Service Untitled.com - a blog started by my son who has now graduated from Duke. I have an advanced degree in Journalism. After college, I taught American Literature in a New Jersey high school. I then went on to teach Journalism at one of our local colleges. For the past 15 years I have lived in South Florida; here I also volunteer time teaching those men and women recovering from drug and alcohol how to journal to express their thoughts - thus hopefully making a difference in their lives. Pet Rescue Report on Facebook (over 40,000 followers) - https://www.facebook.com/Pet-Rescue-Report-261686117563704/