Driver hits three pedestrians in Old Town
September 18, 2015
A driver hit three pedestrians in Old Town last week as Park City celebrated Miners Day, the Park City Police Department said, indicating the vehicle partially ran over one of the victims.
The accident was reported at 10:29 a.m. on Sept. 7, just before the start of the Miners Day parade. It occurred on the 1200 block of Park Avenue, close to the Park City Library and Education Center.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the driver was headed southbound in a 2011 Chevy Suburban when the vehicle went over the curb. The vehicle hit three people who were walking southbound on the sidewalk, Kirk said.
One of the victims, a 30-year-old woman who lives in Park City, ended up on the ground and under the front of the vehicle, Kirk said. An ambulance took her to a hospital with unspecified injuries.
Kirk said a witness told the police the front of the vehicle was over part of the victim’s body before the driver backed up to free the person.
The driver also hit a man from Mesa, Ariz., and a woman from the same city. The woman was knocked to the ground, but neither of them was seriously injured, Kirk said.
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The driver is a 48-year-old woman from Coral Springs, Fla., Kirk said. He said the driver told investigators she may have suffered a medical problem and did not see the pedestrians. The Police Department said in an online posting the driver was taken to a hospital as well.
The investigation is continuing. No citations had been issued by midday Friday.
Miners Day, celebrated on Labor Day in Park City, draws large crowds of spectators to Old Town for a parade and mucking and drilling contests. It is one of two annual major parades in Park City. Spectators line the route from Main Street to City Park.
The authorities received a 911 call reporting the accident. Kirk said the first police officer, who had been assigned to patrol the parade route, arrived at the scene within a minute.
A witness to the accident described the scene an interview with The Park Record, saying the vehicle was driving with two wheels on the curb and two wheels on the street just before hitting the people.
David Christensen, a Brigham City resident who was in Park City for the parade, said he was walking in a bicycle lane on Park Avenue approximately 100 feet away from the accident. The vehicle appeared to be moving slowly, perhaps at 5 mph, he said.
"I could see it wasn’t stopping. It was going to run into those people," he said.
Christensen said he watched several people quickly move to the side to avoid being hit before it struck the woman, knocking her down.
"And she just went under it . . . She disappeared under the vehicle," he said.
Christensen went to the spot of the accident. He described the woman as being completely under the vehicle at first.
"She said get me out of here," Christensen said.
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