PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
December 12, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact Information: PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com
SLCPD Investigating Crash, One Man Seriously Injured
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating an early morning crash that seriously injured a 38-year-old homeless man after a mid-size SUV ran over him while he slept.
This investigation started at 5:53 a.m. on Monday, December 12, 2022 when SLC911 dispatched SLCPD officers and the Salt Lake City Fire Department to a traffic crash under the Interstate 15 off-ramp near 545 West 600 South.
SLCFD found the man with critical injuries and immediately started providing life-saving aid.
Gold Cross Ambulance transported the man to the hospital. Doctors have upgraded the man’s condition to serious, but stable condition.
The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.
Due to the severity of the man’s injuries, the Crash Analysis Reconstruction (CAR) Team and Crime Lab are leading the investigation.
Based on the preliminary information, detectives believe the driver, who works in the area and regularly parks under the off-ramp, drove onto the gravel under the viaduct and ran over the victim.
Officers noted there is no lighting under the viaduct and at the time of the crash, it was still dark outside.
The driver immediately called 9-1-1 after discovering what happened.
The CAR Team is a multi-jurisdictional crash team that investigates crashes involving serious physical injuries or death. Members of the CAR Team receive specialized training in collision examination, speed analysis, vehicle dynamics, occupant kinematics, scene photography, surveying equipment, crash scene mapping, evidence collection and computer aided drawing programs.
The CAR Team includes law enforcement from the Salt Lake City Police Department and several other Salt Lake Valley law enforcement agencies.
Photos taken of the scene are being released.
There is no other information available at this time.