Driver Says He Didn't Know He Hit Two Deseret News Employees

Driver Says He Didn't Know He Hit Two Deseret News Employees

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The driver of the S-U-V that pinned two Deseret News employees against a wall last month says he had no idea he hit anyone at first.

In an interview with the Deseret News, Hossein Sepehri-Nik, says he was parking his car along the road when the car suddenly accelerated.

Sepehri-Nik was picking up pages of a screenplay he wrote from a copy center nearby.

He says the air bag deployed and covered his face, so he didn't know if he had hit anyone until a third Deseret News employee Keith Johnson pounded on his car window.

Sepehri-Nik and Johnson tried to put the S-U-V in reverse and when they did, it lurched backward, injuring Johnson.

The two men who were pinned remain hospitalized in fair condition.

Police have not ruled a cause of the accident.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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