PUBLIC RELATIONS UNIT
|July 2, 2022|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact Information: PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com
Four People Injured After SUV Crashes into Retail Store in Sugar House
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is continuing its investigation into a crash that injured four people after the driver of an SUV lost control and crashed into a retail store.
This investigation started at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday July 2, 2022 when SLC911 received multiple 9-1-1 calls about an SUV that crashed into a business near 1170 East 2100 South.
An off-duty officer headed home from her patrol shift that had just ended happened to be in the area when the crash occurred and immediately responded.
Additional officers and paramedics and firefighters responded.
On scene, first responders found a Buick Enclave inside the store.
Witnesses told officers that the crash pinned a woman underneath the SUV.
Emergency personnel with Salt Lake City Fire’s Heavy Rescue Squad responded. The SLCFD Heavy Rescue Squad specializes in technical rescue operations, including structural collapses and vehicle extrication.
In total, there were three people injured inside the store including a woman who is approximately 21-weeks pregnant, her seven-year-old daughter and the woman trapped under the SUV.
After SLCFD safely removed the woman from underneath the SUV, paramedics transported her to the hospital in critical condition. There are no updates on her condition at this time.
The mother and her seven-year-old daughter both had minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital by another family member.
The driver of the SUV, an 81-year-old woman, had minor injuries from the crash. She remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.
Based on the preliminary investigation, the Salt Lake City Police Department is working to confirm initial reports that the driver mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake.
The Crash Analysis Reconstruction (CAR) Team and SLCPD Crime Lab technicians responded to the scene.
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.
A SLCPD PIO responded to the scene to provide media and community member updates. Several photos from the scene are being released.
At this time, no further information on this case is being released. Neither the PIO nor the On-Duty Watch Commander are available for interviews.