Cyclist Injured in Hit and Run in Salt Lake City on April 20, 2019

Update: April 25, 2019 – According to Kingsbury, police have located and spoken with the driver and they deny any involvement with the incident. Forensic tests are being conducted on the car.

April 22, 2019 – On April 20th, 2019, cyclist Trever Kingsbury was cycling down Emigration Canyon with a friend when a car allegedly ran him off the road twice near the intersection of Foothill Drive and Sunnyside and dragged him approximately 100 yards. Trever sustained injuries, and is in pain. In his own words from his Facebook post, Trever describes the incident, 

On 4/20 @ 10:05am coming out of Emigration at the intersection of Sunnyside and Foothill a friend and I were run off the road twice by a Silver 2013 Mercedes Coup with plate # V581DU. On his 2nd attempt to hit us he locked up his brakes at 35mph and I was tossed onto his car and drug for almost a 100 yards while he accelerated away. There were tons of people riding at the time and we are looking for anyone driving or riding that might have seen the accident or this driver. The police aren't doing anything to prevent this man from injuring or killing another cyclist and “it might be a few weeks till they have a chance to look into it”. Extremely frustrated after an expensive and painful night in the hospital and would greatly appreciate anyone's help. A cycling lawyer has already been contacted. Any specific media, govt, or police contacts would also be appreciated!

Trever Kingsbury, shown here on a better day, recently sustained injuries from a hit and run driver who allegedly assaulted him with his motor vehicle. Photo courtesy Trever Kingsbury.

Trever sustained a number of injuries, fortunately it seems that he's incurred no major injuries. He said, “Luckily everything in the first 24 hours remained superficial. After 24hours the swelling in my leg got bad enough to warrant ER trip due to loss of sensation, decreased motor strength and vasculature stuff in my foot. They ruled out fracture and DVT for sure which is good, but, found swelling to be compressing nerves and superficial blood supply to my leg leading to extreme neurogenic pain increases. Not mentioning the tweaked neck, back, hip, head and pretty solid loss of skin. Thankful nothing major like a femur fracture or head trauma but the potential for something like that or death was far higher than I ever want anyone to go through.”

Mark LeBlanc was riding with Trever at the time and posted this on Facebook about the encounter:

I was with Trevor and I witnessed the entire incident. This was not an accident. This was intentional. This was malicious. He tried to run us off the road and then he slammed on the brakes so we’d hit him from behind. We were going downhill at 30-35 mph. The only reason I wasn’t also taken down was because I went off the road to avoid it. When he did this, there weren’t even any cars in the left lane, but he was in the right lane trying to kill us anyway. The police aren’t taking this seriously at all. Please help share this story. Trevor and I are also MTB enthusiasts. We’re just like all of you. We love riding our bikes. Our road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers….. We love bikes. And we love our families. We want to know that when we go for a ride, we won’t be killed. We always want to make it home for dinner. This should be a common ground for all cyclists.

His bike is mostly ok as well, but Trever, who is working on a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Rocky Mountain University Of Health Professions in Provo, is not happy about the lack of followup from Salt Lake City Police Department:

Luckily my bike stayed in 1 piece except for some cracks and component damage. Bike faired better than body I think! The police have all the on scene photos. At this point it's just trying to get some pressure on SLPD to not take motorists running people off the road with malicious intent lightly. This isn't a bumper hit and run, it's aggravated assault and for them to immediately disregard witnesses and say it was probably an accident is pretty ridiculous. And to not even follow up. I personally have a name and address that I can't release but they won't follow up. Meanwhile he could be having repairs be done to his car.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799-3000.

Salt Lake City Police Department Public Information Officer Detective Greg Wilking spoke to Cycling Utah (4-23-19) about the case. He said, “We do take these things seriously. That's the bottom line.” He stated that officers did respond to the scene to investigate, but there was some initial confusion on the victim's part regarding the plate number and make and model. That was sorted out later in the day.  A detective was assigned to the case on Monday, and a followup investigation is taking place. It is normal procedure for the patrol officer to respond, and then for detectives to be assigned to the case to follow up, “There may not be an immediate response or we may not be able to solve the crime in one hour or that it will go unsolved. Sometime it's a matter of letting those (hit and run) detectives do what they do best,” he said. “If there's something to follow up on they do it. They put that case together. It's a very lengthy process. They wrap it up nicely so that when they take it to the DA's (district attorney) office there's very little doubt that their going to be succesful in prosecuting it.” 

Update: April 23, 2019. Salt Lake City Police Department posted the following tweet at 9:53 am, 4-23-19 indicating that they are taking it seriously and investigating:

“We at take w very seriously. Multiple responded to the scene, canvassed the area for the vehicle, & did follow up w the plate info. A is working diligently to follow-up on evidence in this case”

 

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10 Responses to "Cyclist Injured in Hit and Run in Salt Lake City on April 20, 2019"

  1. Mike   April 22, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Sad to hear that this happened. I really hope that SLPD gets a handle on this and follows up before no evidence can be found on the car. Speedy recover to youTrever.

  2. Christopher Pond   April 22, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    No kidding. 5 years ago another guy and I were run off the road near there on Wasatch by a white honda or acura sedan, she then turned around and charged at us!

  3. Curtis   April 22, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    I live in and ride in the canyon and am pretty sure I have seen that car before. There is a silver mercedes that speeds down each morning just before 8 am as kids are waiting for the school busses. Also, try Unified Police as they serve that area (the canyon patrol officers are awesome) and can keep an eye out for it. Also notify Utah Highway Patrol. If nothing else, that may put a little pressure on SLCPD to react. Heal quick !

  4. Reid   April 22, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    So sorry you had to go through this. Hope you heal well. There was a similar incident in Calif about 5 yrs ago where a Dr suddenly braked in front of 3 cyclists. He was eventually charged with assault, lost his license and went to jail. I’m sure your bike lawyer is familiar with this case. It got a lot of attention nation-wide at the time. Also Bob Mionske, a bike lawyer who writes for Bicycling mag, followed the story very closely.

  5. A guy on a bike   April 23, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you for posting this and helping put some pressure where it’s needed.
    Our local officials and law enforcement talk so big about trying to push a more cycling friendly community, but then it’s so difficult to get any support when things like this actually happen.

  6. chuck grzanka   April 23, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    We appreciate all the help. We are following the case closely and remain hopeful law enforcement works diligently to investigate and prosecute this driver. Thanks again!!
    Chuck Grzanka and CyclingLawyer.com.

  7. Shane   April 24, 2019 at 8:03 am

    7 years ago there was a silver Dodge truck belonging to a Canyon resident who was repeatedly harassing cyclists and making dangerous passes or pulling alongside and forcing them off the shoulder (happened 2x to me). Sheriffs response was to spend a couple weeks in the canyon pulling over cyclists and threatening them with tickets. Pulled me over 2x for riding in the lane, downhill at traffic speeds – I told him I would keep taking the lane when descending at traffic speed and had every right to do so. He did not want to talk about the truck with me other than say he has a right to use the road and not be held up by cyclists. Didn’t ticket me but gave me warnings. Ultimately someone went vigilante and took all the vale cores out of the truck tires and left a bike tube hanging on his mirror. I was not the vigilante but heard the story at a canyon residents meeting.

  8. Angela Guertler   April 24, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I live in the canyon and frequently see a gray Mercedes driving fast… I can’t know that maybe the police aren’t doing much because they may be wealthy and mean but…‍♀️

  9. dan   April 24, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Cyclists must protect themselves as local police have proven to have little interest in following up on complaints by riders when motorists attempt harm. Suggest one or more cameras mounted on the bike or helmet to record aggressive actions by drivers.

    Be safe

  10. Bob Wright   April 26, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    After I got hit and injured in 2016 by a non-belligerent but clueless driver, I bought a Mobius Mini Action Cam (google it) and mounted it to my helmet. I figured that if it happened again I’d be able to: 1) identify the perp, and/or 2) count the flips.

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