Crime & Safety
Man hospitalized after suspected DUI driver pins him under vehicle in West Valley City
West Valley City, Utah – On Sunday, a man is hospitalized in serious condition after being struck and pinned under a car by a suspected drunk driver in West Valley City.
According to West Valley City Police, they’ve arrested the suspect Gabriel Sebastian Yates, 29, on three charges relating to the autoped crash.
A victim is a 26-year-old man. His identity has not been released at this time, police said.
The suspect was allegedly speeding on Redwood Road near 4000 South when he turned left to enter the Redwood Apartment Complex. He allegedly “failed to negotiate the turn” and struck the victim before crashing into a wall at the complex.
According to authorities, there was a large group of people who ran out of the way to avoid the speeding car. The victim, however, was struck and partially pinned under the vehicle during the impact.
The nearby crowd had to physically lift the vehicle so the victim could be removed from underneath, police said. The collision left the man with broken bones along with cuts and scrapes. He was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. During police questioning, Yates admitted to drinking four to six beers and smoking marijuana earlier that night. Yates also failed standard sobriety tests.
After being arrested on three charges including DUI, speeding, and making an improper left turn, Yates is currently booked at the Salt Lake County Jail.