Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 17, 2005
Accidents, mischief make for busy Wednesday

Tooele City Police officers had their hands full yesterday as they responded to three accidents within a matter of five hours.

Then, from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., a person or group of individuals were apparently canvassing the city and shooting out vehicle and house windows with what is suspected to be BB-guns.


Lt. Steve Newkirk reported that the first emergency call came in at approximately noon Wednesday reporting that a bicycle and vehicle were involved in an accident at the intersection of Main Street and Utah Avenue.

“A vehicle on Utah Avenue was attempting a left, southbound turn onto Main Street,” Newkirk explained. “A male adult on a bicycle tried to cross the street in the crosswalk. However, the bicyclist went off the curb against a red light.”

Newkirk said the bicyclist crashed into the side of the vehicle. Luckily there were no major injuries in that crash, although the bicyclist was transported by ambulance to Mountain West Medical Center.

A second accident involving two vans occurred at 1220 S. Main Street in Tooele at approximately 2 p.m.

“One van was carrying three individuals and there were two people in the second van,” Newkirk said.

“A van load of three security guards employed by a private company but working at Tooele Army Depot was involved in the accident,” according to the police lieutenant.

One of the vans was attempting to turn from Main Street onto 1220 South. Newkirk said the driver of the second van apparently didn’t stop in time and rear-ended the first van. The driver of the second van was cited for improper lookout.

Although an injured person involved in that accident was taken by medical helicopter to a Salt Lake City hospital, his injuries were considered “non life-threatening,” Newkirk said.

The last of the three accidents occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. when a westbound vehicle ran a red light and collided with an eastbound vehicle at the corner of Main and Vine streets.

Drivers of the two vehicles were alone and both received minor injuries.

Newkirk said the driver of the westbound vehicle was cited for running a red light.


At about 7 p.m. Wednesday night, Tooele Police started receiving calls about vehicle and house windows being shot out with what appeared to be BB guns.

Lt. Newkirk said calls continued about the vandalism until approximately 11 p.m.

A Tooele resident called the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin Thursday morning to report that she had been a victim of the vandalism.

“My daughter’s boyfriend had a brand new car with 400 miles on it parked in front of our house,” said the woman, who asked that her name not be used.

“And to show you how brazen these vandals were, I was sitting in my living room in front of an 86×86 picture window with the drapes open when they shot at the vehicle window.”

The woman said at least another two people in her neighborhood had car windows hit by the BB-guns and another neighbor’s house window was shot.

“Another concern I have is for pets,” the woman said. “If they would be so brazen to shoot out a car window with me sitting right there in my living room, they might also attack pets. People need to be on the lookout for the people who are doing this.”

“The calls came from various areas of the city,” Newkirk said. “Police were looking for the vandals, but so far no one has been arrested or cited.”

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