In West Valley City, Utah, the kindest man anyone would ever have the honor of knowing was alleged to have been a victim of a deliberate hit-and-run killing when he intervened after approaching a man beating a tiny Chihuahua. On Saturday evening, Aaron Hosman, 40, was arrested and booked into jail for the alleged murder of Jeremy Hardman on June 7 at the intersection of 3600 West 4100 South in West Valley City.
According to the Deseret News, Hosman was taken to the Salt Lake County Jail and faces murder charges as well as obstruction of justice. Jeremy Hardman’s mother had been on vacation when the tragic incident occurred, but made a public plea to the suspect asking him to turn himself into police:
“I was so relieved and grateful for the work that West Valley Police have put into this,” Jeremy’s mother, Judy Cocker said. “It’s been a very hard ordeal to go through but to know that they care so much to keep looking so hard. In the blink of an eye the man has changed not only my life, taken my son’s life, but he’s changed his own life; none of us will ever be the same again.”
Judy said her son died a hero trying to protect a dog; a man who had always been an advocate for the defenseless and a true hero to all animals.
“We had rats, we had rabbits, we had cats, we had dogs, we had birds, we had hermit crabs. If it lived, he loved it,” Crocker said. “We were just best friends his whole life.”
As for Hosman, he has had a long history of traffic violations including a hit-and-run in 2013. Subsequent traffic offenses included failure to stop at a serious injury accident, a third-degree felony, and driving on a revoked license, class A misdemeanor. Additional charges included driving with a revoked license, using his brother’s identification and driving a vehicle with expired plates.
Hosman is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
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(Photos via Judy Cocker and Facebook) (Police escorting Arron Hosman screenshot via Deseret News)
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