Bystanders rescue woman trapped in burning car in Mapleton; DUI charges filed

Gas N Go car fire

Video of traffic accident vehicle fire

Posted by Mapleton Utah Police Department on Friday, October 11, 2019

MAPLETON, Utah, Oct. 11, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A driver trapped in her burning Mercedes after an accident was booked into jail after being rescued by three bystanders.

The accident happened at 7:06 a.m. Friday, a statement from the Mapleton City Police Department says. The car hit the Gas N Go convenience story at 48 N. 1600 West.

“Officers arrived on scene and found a vehicle engulfed in flames on the southeast corner of the business,” the statement says. “A 911 caller reported that a vehicle had crashed and was on fire with someone possibly inside.”

Officers arrived to find the 2015 Mercedes engulfed at the corner of the business. It had hit a power supply box between two pine trees, the statement says.

“… three alert citizens had acted heroically by breaking the window of the vehicle and removing the driver to safety,” the statement says, adding the driver was alone in the car.”

“Three alert citizens put themselves in harms way to get someone they didn’t know out of a burning vehicle. We are impressed with their actions and appreciate their willingness to serve their fellow man. There are some really good people in this world.”

Investigators determined the driver, later identified as 38-year-old Mapleton resident Kathryn Mary Serra, had jumped a curb before crashing into the power box. The vehicle, power box, pines and business all sustained damage. The car was a total loss.

Serra was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, a class B misdemeanor
  • Operating a vehicle without an interlock system, a class B misdemeanor
  • Driving on a suspended/revoked license, a class C misdemeanor

Serra’s bail was set at $2,500. She faced similar charges after a 2018 arrest.


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