County Sheriff’s Report
Detectives were searching this week for a suspect in a hit-and-run traffic crash that seriously injured a Salt Lake man on Oct. 23.
The car that struck the bicyclist was located that day at Elk Meadows apartments, 2627 W. Kilby Road, but the Summit County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t been able to find the owner, Summit County sheriff’s Capt. Joe Offret said.
Due to injuries he sustained in the accident, David Beer, 36, will likely be required to wear a brace around his torso for 10 weeks, said the man’s father, Paul Beer.
"He’s doing OK," the father said Wednesday, adding that his son suffered injuries to his back and tailbone. "But it’s going to be slow getting it all together."
The impact after Beer was struck from behind shattered the man’s helmet, his father said. Investigators say the motorist may have been driving 45 mph when Beer was hit. "Thank God for the helmet, because he has no head injuries at all," Paul Beer said. "If he didn’t have a helmet, he wouldn’t be around." David Beer was riding a bicycle westbound on Kilby Road when someone driving a red 1977 Honda Civic struck him from behind. Snyderville Basin resident Jose Vazquez, 20, is the car’s registered owner, Offret said, adding that the man, whose car was impounded, is a person of interest in the case.
"It has substantial damage to the hood and windshield," Offret said. "I looks like either the bicycle or the bicyclist went up on the vehicle."
Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 615-3500.
In a separate case, about $2,000 worth of jewelry was allegedly stolen when a house was burglarized in South Summit Nov. 3. "Nothing else was really disturbed in the house and it’s under investigation," Offret said. Detectives, who are investigating leads and persons of interest, believe the theft occurred in the early afternoon, he added.
Meanwhile, on Nov. 4, a small dog bit deputy Cliff Koker while he was taking a break in ParkWest Village. "It’s not debilitating," Offret said about the calf injury. Koker was on duty this week. The dog appears to be disease-free and Koker will likely require no shots, he added. "He went to an old friend’s house just to say hello and when he went through the door the dog bit him on the leg," Offret said. Other calls received last week by county dispatchers included:
On Oct. 18, a 48-year-old western Summit County woman is being investigated on suspicion that she was driving under the influence when she pulled her Lexus into the driveway of a Silver Springs home and struck a Subaru Outback, Offret said.
According to a Sheriff’s Office media report, the suspect then "proceeded to leave the scene." Deputies located the woman and arrested her.
In a separate case, a 1995 blue Saturn was stolen from the Tanger Outlet Center during the evening of Oct. 25. On Oct. 27, a 33-year-old man was cited for assault and making terrorist threats after he and another man became involved in a fistfight on a trail in Summit County. The suspect’s dog reportedly barked at the man’s horse, Offret said. Meanwhile, on Oct. 30, a Summit Park man reportedly fired two shots from a handgun at a vehicle in the neighborhood.
According to Offret, the man claims the "suspicious" vehicle was parked in his driveway around 4 a.m. and the motorist left when confronted.
The Basin man is sure he did not hit the driver, Offret said, adding that he claims the vehicle was coming at him when he fired the gun.
Residents reportedly heard a man scream around the time of the shots but officers were unable to find any suspects. A Summit County woman told a dispatcher a group of teenagers shot her car with a paintball gun on Oct. 31 at 7:10 p.m. Kids in a Dodge pickup truck were allegedly shooting people with paintballs in Henefer on Oct. 31.
A North Summit man claimed his mailbox was blown up and pumpkins were smashed in his front yard Halloween night.
A television and DVD player were allegedly stolen from a vehicle parked at the Powderwood condominiums on Nov. 1.
A woman in a Kimball Junction neighborhood reported an assault to deputies after her roommate allegedly hit her Nov. 1 at 11:52 a.m.
Vandals allegedly shot several Pinebrook buildings with paintballs on Nov. 1.
Four cows were allegedly loose in the South Summit area near Kamas on Nov. 1.
A purse was reportedly stolen from a vehicle in Blackhawk Station on Nov. 1 at 10:25 p.m.
Cows were reportedly standing in the road in front of the S Bar S Ranch north of Kamas on Nov. 2 at 2:36 a.m.
A motorist reportedly suffered minor injuries when his car slid off the road in South Summit on Nov. 4. A convenience store clerk on Canyons Resort Drive reportedly chased a shoplifter who stole beer from the store on Nov. 5 at 1:17 a.m.
No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic accident in western Summit County on Nov. 5 at 8:12 a.m. Two other minor crashes were reported to the Sheriff’s Office from the Tanger Outlet Center at 12:50 p.m. and Tollgate at 5:42 p.m.
Hunters were reportedly trespassing and shooting near homes on Echo Main Road near Henefer on Nov. 6 at 8:29 a.m.
No serious injuries were reported as a result of a crash involving two cars near McDonalds at Kimball Junction on Nov. 6 at 3:51 p.m.
Several houses were vandalized with toilet paper on Buckboard Circle in Pinebrook on Nov. 6.
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