A 63-year-old man appears to have purposefully run down a motorcycle rider in Springville this week. From news reports at KSL and Deseret News it appears that the motorcycle pulled over to allow the SUV to pass but the SUV followed. When the motorcycle tried to turn to get out of the way of the tail-gaiting SUV the driver of the SUV crunched into the rear wheel of the motorcycle causing the crash. The motorcyclist was thrown to the pavement and the SUV drove over the motorcycle. Then the driver of the SUV took off!
People at the scene of the assault ran over to the downed motorcycle rider to try to help. Amazingly the driver in the same SUV returned to scene of the crash for a drive-by look after another driver tracked him down. It appeared to the bystanders and witnesses that the SUV was not going to stop so a woman, a gutsy woman in my eyes, stepped in front of the SUV and demanded that he stop. But the driver did not stop and proceeded to hit the woman with his SUV – not once – but twice. That was when other bystanders and witnesses swarmed the SUV and made the man get out of his vehicle.
The police arrived and took control of the situation only citing the man and then releasing him. The SUV driver was cited for driving on a suspended license, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and passing on the right. It was not clear from the articles whether his vehicle was impounded but an investigation was claimed to be continuing. The motorcycle rider ended up with a fractured wrist and road rash. The super woman sustained injury to her knee and some bruising.
From my point of view the acts by the SUV driver were outrageous. He was at best reckless and at worst perpetrated a aggressive assault and battery with a deadly weapon. I think his acts are closer to the later versus the former.
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