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HOLLADAY -- An elderly man was hit while doing yard work near his Holladay home Wednesday afternoon. The 83-year-old was working on a sprinkling system the condominium complex where he lives.
Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies say an 87-year-old driver on 2300 East apparently suffered some sort of health problem. His car jumped the median, went up onto the lawn and hit the man, throwing his body several feet.
Neighbors and Holladay City officials say the victim, Cyrus McKell, is a friend to all. "He lives in the condominium, and he's sort of a handyman and helped everybody around. Actually, he was a very well-educated man with a PhD from Utah State; taught up there and retired," neighbor Jay Richardson said.
McKell taught botany at Utah State and was a former dean of the Weber State College of Science. He is also on the Holladay Planning Commission. Mayor Dennis Webb says he is devastated by the news.
McKell received serious head injuries and is in extremely critical condition Wednesday night. The driver of the car also went to the hospital.