A Tooele man was hit by a car in Lake Point Friday night when police say he was running away after allegedly shoplifting from Flying J.
Lt. Travis Scharmann of the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office, said a gas station employee noticed Stetson Gilgen, 20, allegedly taking CDs from a display a little before 7:30 p.m.
“When [the clerk] went to confront him, he took off running through the parking lot,” Scharmann said.
Gilgen then tried to get into a car at the stoplight at state Route 36 and Saddleback Road, which turned out to be the man’s mother, Scharmann said. The woman reportedly told her son she would pick him up after turning around.
Scharmann said Gilgen chased after his mother’s car as it turned onto the highway, and he was hit by another vehicle.
Lt. Corey Nye of the Utah Highway Patrol, declined to comment on specifics of the collision, citing an open investigation. But he did say Gilgen was flown to a Salt Lake hospital in critical condition with two broken legs and likely a broken shoulder or arm.
The investigation by the UHP and Sheriff’s office is still ongoing.