Police investigate fatal auto-pedestrian accident in Sandy

A 54-year-old man died after being struck by a car as he walked across 9000 South at 400 East in Sandy on Saturday night, July 7, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

SANDY, Utah, July 8, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A man was killed Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle while walking across 9000 South.

Sgt. Jason Nielsen, Sandy Police Department, said the 54-year-old man was heading south on 400 East shortly before 9:30 p.m. As he crossed 9000 South, he was hit by an eastbound vehicle.

The man was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, Nielsen said, and ultimately died of his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, a 67-year-old woman, was “being very cooperative,” Nielsen said.

The investigation was still being conducted past midnight, and multiple agencies were on scene, talking to witnesses and reconstructing the accident to determine exactly where the man was crossing the street when he was struck.

Gephardt Daily will update this story as more information is made available.


  1. We must all care about these types of crashes but we must also ask, would the Google car have stopped in time? What if there was a way this driver could have started the braking ¾ of a second sooner and stopped 30 – 40 feet shorter, perhaps in an even shorter distance than the Google car. There is. Sad that those in charge of driver legislation and training refuse to teach student drivers the safer (But girly!) left foot braking method and ban driving instructors from teaching the very complicated and difficult to mentally maintain especially for older drivers (over 40!), inefficient (poor stopping distance) and dangerous (right foot pedal errors) right foot braking method on automatic transmission cars. See DOT HS 811 597, 812 058and 812 431(spaces required). NHTSA insists on calling it “pedal misapplication” and always blames the driver rather than their beloved right foot braking method. Score to date 150,000 dead, millions injured, and billions in costs. The price men both in and out of government are apparently willing to pay to maintain their systemic belief in the “Killer” right foot braking method on automatic cars even though they have zero scientific justification. As one transportation “expert” said “That’s the way it’s always been taught”! This is not about who has the safer braking method but rather why they refuse to scientifically compare the two methods! Was it driver error or the way we taught them to brake?


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