Car accident damages 4 Payson yards, angers neighbors

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PAYSON -- A car plowed through four backyards in Payson Tuesday morning, but it wasn't the first time an accident like this has happened.

Neighbor who live near 1500 South and 50 West are frustrated with this problem. One man says his fence has been damaged four times and this accident is the final straw.

The neighborhood now looks like a bowling alley; but instead of pins, fences were knocked down one by one.

One minute earlier and they could have killed my little boy, because we were out swinging.

–Jenny Yencey, Payson homeowner


After hearing a loud crash, homeowner Travis Golding said he hurried outside to find the mess and two teenagers getting out of a car.

At first the driver told witnesses he'd fallen asleep, but that story quickly changed.

"The one kid said they were going to try hydroplaning," Golding said.

The explanation was maddening to homeowner Jenny Yencey. The car barreled through the swing set in her backyard.

"One minute earlier and they could have killed my little boy, because we were out swinging," Yencey said. "At first I was upset, and they knew it. They got the wrath."

Police are still investigating, but officers did issue citations for reckless driving and attempting to leave the scene of an accident.

Neighbors say they've talked to Payson City about the problem in the past but were told the city didn't want to ruin the decorative landscaping with barriers. Following Tuesday's accident, residents prepared a petition demanding a change.

"We're tired of this happening," Golding said.

The neighbors say they plan to present their petition Wednesday night at the Payson City Council meeting.



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