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Young Utah Newlywed Killed by Drunken Driver Outside her Home

A twenty-two-year-old newlywed was killed early Sunday morning in Orem, Utah when an intoxicated man drove his SUV onto the sidewalk where the young woman was sitting. Ashley Zimmer was sitting on a curb in front of her home, not far from her own car, at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. According to police Lt. Craig Martinez, that was when twenty-six-year-old Ramiro Serrano Hernandez drove his SUV up over the curb.

Police said that Hernandez lost control of his vehicle, first hitting Zimmer’s car and then Zimmer. Her body was dragged underneath the vehicle as it went through a fence and crashed into a building. Zimmer’s husband heard the crash, found his wife stuck under the vehicle, and proceeded to call police. Martinez said that Hernandez had fled when paramedics arrived on scene. Zimmer was rushed to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Authorities discovered Hernandez about an hour later hiding behind a trash bin blocks away from the scene.

Hernandez had been cited by police earlier on Saturday for being intoxicated and disorderly at a wedding in Lindon, Utah. A friend drove him home. After police found Hernandez, he was placed under arrest and taken to the Utah County Jail. He is facing charges of automobile homicide, having an expired driver’s license, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Orem newlywed struck, killed by car outside home, August 26, 2013

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