Man in critical condition following crash in Riverton


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RIVERTON — A 29-year-old man is in critical condition after attempting to turn left in his pick-up truck and colliding head-on with an SUV on Sunday night.

A group of ATV riders called police about 7 p.m. because a pick-up truck driver was "harassing them," according to Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray. Police responded to the area and upon making contact with the man, found he had an open container in his truck. The man then fled the scene, Gray said.

Police did not pursue him because he appeared "non-violent" and the situation "did not fall within parameters of (UPD's) policy to pursue," according to Gray.

About 8 p.m, police received notice of a crash on Bangerter Highway involving the pick-up truck driver and an SUV at the intersection of 13400 South and Bangerter Highway, Gray said.

She said officials believe the driver was impaired because he was driving recklessly. Witnesses told police he slowed down at green lights but drove through red lights.

A helicopter was initially called to transport the driver to the hospital, but paramedics decided to send him in an ambulance, Gray said.

The identity of the driver was not immediately given.

The SUV had three occupants who suffered "very minor injuries," according to Gray.

Southbound Bangerter Highway was closed while crews clear the scene but reopened by Monday morning.

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