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Jeep Driver Tells His Side

Jeep Driver Tells His Side

Posted - Mar. 5, 2004 at 4:58 p.m.



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(KSL-TV) Kimberly Houk Reporting

The man who hit the three Deseret Morning News employees as they walked down a sidewalk in downtown Salt Lake last week is telling his side of the horrific accident, saying the victims are always on his mind.

Hossein Sepehri-Nik told the Deseret Morning News "If there is a hell, [he] saw it" on the day his Jeep Grand Cherokee jumped a curb and pinned two Deseret Morning News employees to a brick wall.

Today many co-workers and other well wishers gave blood to help Chuck Wing and Gary McKellar who are still in the hospital recovering from severe injuries.

Winterton/ Employee: "Anything we can do to help them, that would be good for us, and good for them. It helps them to understand that we love them and that we care about them. "

Heidi Schofield/ Employee: "They're wonderful people, and I wanted to do my part to help them out."

Wing and McKellar were badly injured last week after being run over by a jeep.

The driver of that jeep, Hossein Sepehri-Nik told the Deseret Morning News he was easing into a parking spot on Regent Street. He says his foot was hovering over the brake pedal when the jeep suddenly jumped the curb.

He says, quote, "The air bag covered my face. I didn't know if I had hit anybody or anything."

Sepehri-Nik hit both Wing and McKellar and pinned them against the wall. Something he later discovered.

He goes on to say, "I was standing there looking at those guys there on the floor. One of them, his leg was badly crushed, blood was all over the place -- I couldn't stand it."

Jeep Grand Cherokees have a history of quick acceleration and Sepehri-Nik says if he had known that he would have never bought the S-U-V.

He also says, "I don't really care about my back or my car. I feel sorry for those guys."

Both Sepehri-Nik and his attorney are out of town today... and we couldn't reach them for comment.

Both Chuck Wing and Gary McKellar have been upgraded to fair condition at LDS Hospital.

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