West Valley City man charged with auto murder in fatal hit-and-run of pregnant woman

Jack Archibald, 53, allegedly “blacked out” before hitting Libbie Allan, 24, and her 2-year-old daughter on a Salt Lake City sidewalk.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Crime scene investigators work at the scene of a fatal car-pedestrian accident near the intersection of 900 E. 1700 South in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. A woman and child walking on the sidewalk were hit when a car drove over the curb and hit them. The woman died from her injuries, while the child was last listed in critical condition.

A 53-year-old West Valley City man was charged Wednesday in the death of a 24-year-old pregnant woman whom he, along with her 2-year-old daughter, allegedly hit with his car on a Salt Lake City sidewalk.

On May 3, Jack Archibald is charged with crossing two lanes at 1700 South before his vehicle hit the sidewalk and struck Libbie Allan and her daughter. Allan was 17 weeks pregnant and was pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to police documents.

Her 2-year-old daughter was seriously injured in the wreck, and as of Wednesday afternoon, police had no updated information on the child’s condition.

Police said accident data indicated Archibald exited the vehicle after the impact but drove away 90 seconds later. Video investigators obtained from a nearby apartment building showed Archibald saying “I’ll try to pull into the street” while Allan’s husband called for someone to call 911.

Archibald later parked at Forest Dale Golf Course to smoke a cigarette and charged the documents. Construction workers nearby called 911 when they noticed the suspicious condition of his vehicle.

While responding officers inspected the truck, Archibald allegedly hid in a nearby shed used to store golf carts, the documents say. He then left the shed and told officers he knew they were here about the crash and they arrested him.

Archibald admitted to officers that he experienced a “blackout” while driving and regained consciousness after the accident as the car came to a stop. Archibald told officers he fled the scene because he was afraid of police arriving.

He told police he had a six-pack of beer and used marijuana the night before, and that he had a cocktail before driving that morning. The police conducted a breathalyzer test; at this point, approximately three hours after the crash, Archibald had a blood alcohol level of 0.136%.

It is illegal in Utah to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.05% or more.

Archibald faces two counts of motor vehicle murder and one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, failing to stop in a serious accident, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to operate a vehicle on the right side of the lane and driving on the sidewalk.

He is currently being held in the Salt Lake County Jail. West Valley City man charged with auto murder in fatal hit-and-run of pregnant woman

Joel McCord

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