Driver crashes through SLC fence and yard, flees

SALT LAKE CITY – Cesar Sanchez heard a loud noise in the middle of the night in Rose Park.

“It happened so fast,” Sanchez said. “It woke us up around 3.30am thinking it was an earthquake – we realized it was a vehicle driving through our yard.”

Early Friday morning, at the corner of Redwood Road and 1530 North, the car slammed into Sanchez’s fence and drove through the yard. He barely got around the house itself, but he hit the gas meter in the house.

“It was a big leak,” Sanchez said. “They evacuated us, next-door neighbors, until everything was fixed. And now we’re just waiting for an inspection to make sure we can get back into the house.

Police are now looking for the suspect in the hit-and-run case; the driver abandoned his vehicle after the incident.

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This isn’t the first time drivers have crashed in Sanchez’s neighborhood, he said.

“We had another incident a few years ago with another vehicle in front,” he recalls.

Sanchez doesn’t understand why people drive so fast.

“Slow down,” he said. “Wherever you’re going, it’s not worth it.”

It could have been much worse, he added.

“I guess every parent’s worst dream, right?” Sanchez said. “My son’s room is right there, my daughter’s room is right above, so that corner right there is always a little bit in the back of my mind, you know, something that could happen. And it could be bad So we’re very blessed and lucky, that wasn’t, you know, the case this time around.

Authorities are still looking for the driver who fled the scene. The Salt Lake City Police Department is asking anyone who may have information about the suspect to call 801-799-3000.

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