Two men found bloodied on Main Street, one hospitalized
March 13, 2012
Two men were found bloodied on Main Street in the early morning hours on Monday, prompting the Park City Police Department to launch an investigation into how they were injured.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said an officer patrolling Main Street found the men at 1:30 a.m. They were bleeding from their heads, Kirk said. The officer called an ambulance. Kirk said they were taken to Park City Medical Center for treatment.
One of them had serious head injuries and was taken by medical helicopter from the local hospital to one in Salt Lake City, Kirk said. The other was treated at the Park City hospital and released, he said.
The two men are from Florida and are in their late 20s or early 30s.
Kirk said the police are investigating the case as an aggravated assault. He said it was not clear how many people were involved. The police had wanted to conduct a detailed interview Monday night with the man who was not hospitalized. Kirk said there could have been two attackers.
"We just don’t have a lot of information," Kirk said.
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He said it was not clear whether the victims were injured on the sidewalk or inside a business. Kirk said officers are canvassing Main Street talking to people who work on the street and might have information.
One of the men involved in the incident, Dustin Donegan, told The Park Record that he and his friend left a bar on Main Street at about 1 a.m. and were walking toward their hotel on lower Main Street when two strangers challenged them verbally, pushed him against a wall and then hit his friend in the face. Donegan said his friend was knocked unconscious. He believes they were struck by some kind of metal bar because of the extent of their injuries. Donegan said he sustained a broken nose and cheekbone. His friend who was still hospitalized as of Tuesday, received a fractured nose, a broken jaw and a head injury.
The attack occurred on the second day of what was to be a seven-day vacation with family members and friends. "It totally ruined our vacation. We aren’t fighters, we were just trying to have a good time," he said adding it was their first visit to Park City.
Record Editor Nan Chalat-Noaker contributed.