The crash happened near the overcrowded Road Home shelter, where people are often seen living on nearby sidewalks.
“She was my best friend. We were helping each other get off drugs,” said Anthony Archuleta, 50, adding that she was due to get housing off the streets later this month.
The driver is described as a white woman who is 5-foot-5 and wearing a red tank top and blue denim shorts. A passenger in the car stayed behind and co-operated with investigators.
“I just feel like we’re being targeted by people because we’re homeless, we’re drug addicts,” China Edwards said.
Authorities say the area is frequented by drug dealers and has been hit by violence, including a police shooting that crucially wounded a teenage refugee.
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A memorial near the scene of the crash honoured the dead woman with a wreath of yellow flowers and handwritten messages.
Officers say they were searching for Shutney Lee Kyzer, 37, whom they call a person of interest. Anyone with information is asked to call Salt Lake City police.
The name of the woman who died at the scene was not immediately released, pending notification of her family. The other four suffered minor injuries like cuts and bruises, he said. One person was critically injured and is expected to survive.
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(Spenser Heaps/The Deseret News via AP) A wheelchair, shoes and other items lay in the street as officials work at the scene of an accident in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.
SALT LAKE CITY — Police searched Wednesday for a woman who drove onto a sidewalk near a Salt Lake City homeless shelter, killing one woman and injuring five others.
Officers were investigating whether she intentionally left the road Tuesday, Detective Robert Ungricht said. The car stopped when it hit a tree, and the woman got out and ran away, police said.
No phone number was publicly listed for her, and a lawyer who previously represented her on a different case didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
Days before the woman drove onto the sidewalk, a minor league baseball player with the Las Vegas 51s team was attacked by a homeless man in an attempted robbery about a mile away, Salt Lake City police said.
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