Georgia Woman Struck by a Utah Police’s Patrol Vehicle in Salt Lake City, Utah
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – according to onlineathens.com, a woman from Georgia was run over by a police vehicle in a suburb of Salt Lake City. Authorities maintain that they are not exactly sure if the accident led to the woman’s death.*
The twenty five year old woman was struck by a police squad car accidentally on Tuesday. The police officer was responding to a report of activity that was suspicious at a local strip mall.
According to police, the victim was lying on the ground of a parking lot when she was hit by the police vehicle at approximately 11:00 p.m. It is unknown whether the victim was alive or not at the time she was struck by the patrol vehicle. A medical examiner is currently attempting to determine the woman’s cause of death. The unidentified police officer has been put on paid administrative leave as Salt Lake police continue to investigate the details regarding the cause of the accident.
Accidents that involve emergency vehicles such as police cars is a growing problem in the U.S. nationwide. Because police are typically travelling at a high rate of speed than normal vehicles, accidents and even fatalities can occur. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s analysis of accidents involving police cars, one person is killed in a police related pursuit related crash on a daily basis. Moreover, each year, there are around three hundred deaths in the United states that happen during a police pursuit. Moreover, about thirty percent of the deaths happen to those who are around the area of the pursuit but are not subject to same. Overall, police officers have approximately a double rate of vehicular accidents than the general public.
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Sources:https://www.onlineathens.com/news/20190308/police-identify-georgia-woman-run-over-by-utah-patrol-car and https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/hs809730.pdf
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