MA State Trooper critically hurt in SLC crash caused by impaired driver

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – A Massachusetts State Trooper was left in critical condition when the car he was riding in was hit by an allegedly impaired driver operating a Mini Cooper Friday. 

According to WWLP, this collision was reported around 1 a.m. when the driver of the Mini Cooper – 19-year-old Liam Kavanagh – had traveled at a high rate and struck a ride-sharing vehicle: a Kia. 

Kavanah showed signs of being under the influence of drugs/alcohol and admitted to having “several shots” earlier that evening. The passenger with him – 19-year-old Nicholas Kalberer – was also suspected of being impaired. 

Kavanah and Kalberer were both arrested, although Salt Lake City Police have not specified their charges. 

The three Kia occupants consisted of the Massachusetts State Trooper, who was identified as Belchertown Trooper Matthew McRae, another passenger, and the driver.  McRae is in the fight to recover from his critical injuries; the other passenger was seriously injured, and the driver sustained minor injuries. 

Officials have not disclosed the exact location of this crash. 

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Kevin Swenson was raised in Bountiful, Utah, and is a co-founding partner of Swenson & Shelley. After graduating from Bountiful High School, Kevin attended business school at Westminster College.