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Salt Lake City, UT (June 08, 2022) – A man was apprehended by police after injuring a 9-year-old when he crashed a stolen car on Tuesday, June 7th. 

According to the Salt Lake City Police Department, the 33-year-old suspect has been charged with failure to stop at the command of a police officer, theft of a motor vehicle, and other traffic-related offenses.

The investigation started at about 3:00 p.m. when officers discovered a stolen car parked in the area of West Temple Street and Andrew Avenue.

As they were watching the car, officers witnessed a woman and a man enter the stolen vehicle. 

Despite police efforts to block the car’s egress, the driver was able to maneuver around officers and flee, prompting the issue of a BOLO.

A few moments later, additional officers in the area saw a collision involving the stolen car and another vehicle at the intersection of West Temple Street and  2100 South. Eyewitnesses reported seeing the two suspects run from the scene.

Responding officers were able to take the female suspect into custody.

The man was apprehended in the vicinity of 2100 South and Utopia Avenue.  

A 9-year-old who was in the other vehicle was transferred to a local hospital with injuries believed to be non-critical. 

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Vehicle Accidents in Utah

Automobile accidents happen every day in the state of Utah. The five most frequent causes of these collisions include:

    • Distracted Drivers: Here in Utah, driving while distracted is the number one cause of vehicle collisions. Law enforcement has suggested that the problem of distracted driving is a far bigger problem than data indicates due to the fact that drivers are, understandably, reticent to confess that they weren’t paying attention to their surroundings as well as the complications that naturally come with establishing the cause of an accident. Some common examples of distracted driving are:
      • Sending text messages or making telephone calls while you are behind the wheel
      • Having something to eat or drink while driving
      • Adjusting your vehicle’s radio or satellite navigation system
      • Being exhausted
    • Teenage Drivers: Statistics have revealed that adolescent drivers are far more likely to be involved in car accidents. Even though the overall total of auto accidents involving teen drivers is relatively consistent all year long, the number of deadly crashes nearly doubles from May to June.
  • Speeding: Driving overly fast is a primary cause of deadly car crashes in Utah. Over 11,000 accidents caused by speeding drivers took place within the state in 2016 cutting short more than 100 lives. To make certain that you are driving your car as safely as you possibly can, always obey the posted speed limit and take don’t forget to take road and traffic conditions into consideration.
  • Being Improperly Restrained: Even though it is common knowledge that seat belts save lives, many state residents just cannot be bothered. Drivers who were not wearing a seat belt when involved in an accident accounted for about 50% of all automobile fatalities during the summer of 2016. Vehicle occupants who are not buckled up are at a 25 times greater risk of dying in a crash.   
  • Weekend Traffic: The tremendous amount of motor vehicles on the state’s roadways contributes significantly to its high vehicle accident rate. In the summertime, Saturdays are recorded as the most dangerous day to drive, particularly between the afternoon and the early evening.   

After being hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, contact our Utah personal injury attorneys at (801) 350-3506 to schedule a free case assessment and learn how we can help you.

Notes: The details and information utilized to create this post were gathered through the use of secondary sources. The details surrounding this accident have not been independently verified by the writing staff at Jardine Law Offices. These sources include but are not limited to newspaper stories, local news sources, local and state police reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious accidents that take place in Farmington and Salt Lake City, Utah. If you locate any information that is inaccurate, please contact us right away so that we can update the post with the most accurate information available. If you would like the post to be removed, please let us know and we will remove it as soon as possible. 

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