UPD officer hit by car says he's frustrated drivers don't slow down in snow


    A Unified Police officer is speaking out about being struck by a vehicle Sunday near 5300 South and Bangerter Hwy. (Photo: KUTV)

    (KUTV) — A Unified Police officer is speaking out about being struck by a vehicle Sunday near 5300 South and Bangerter Hwy.

    Stevan Gerber was dealing with a separate incident when he sat into his patrol car to call a tow truck for someone else.

    Suddenly, his vehicle was struck. He says a Chrysler had slid out of control and smashed into him.

    A Unified Police officer is speaking out about being struck by a vehicle Sunday near 5300 South and Bangerter Hwy. (Photo: KUTV)

    He was unable to get out of the car for some time but eventually crawled out through the passenger side. He did leave the scene in an ambulance, but has since been released.

    While he hasn’t broken any bones, he is feeling pretty sore. He also feels pretty fortunate that he wasn’t more severely hurt and that everyone else involved is doing OK too.

    Gerber said it is somewhat frustrating, though, that drivers do not slow down significantly when the snow hits. He says prior to his accident on Sunday, vehicles were just blowing past his patrol car.

    A Unified Police officer is speaking out about being struck by a vehicle Sunday near 5300 South and Bangerter Hwy. (Photo: KUTV)

    Gerber tells 2News, even if you have 4-wheel drive, your car is still going to have the same issues as anyone else trying to stop suddenly in the snow.

    Over the past three winters, there have been more than 70 reported crashes between 5200 South and 5499 South and Bangerter.

    The Utah Highway Patrol says in the past week alone, five of its vehicles have been struck by people who either didn’t slow down in the snow, or did not move over and away from flashing lights.

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