Man hurt in Midvale hit-and-run crash with U-Haul; driver arrested

MIDVALE, UT – A woman drove a U-Haul truck on Catalpa Street, ran over a pedestrian, and fled the scene Wednesday night. 

The incident took place in the parking lot of Motel 6, according to Gephardt Daily. The pedestrian the woman ran over, an unidentified man, sustained a leg injury. 

After the hit-and-run, a Unified Police officer witnessed that the driver left the scene and initiated a police chase. 

The driver, who was later identified as 33-year-old Brittany Ann Laverty, continued to travel south on State Street. She later drove through a neighborhood where she can into contact with a police officer and a K-9. 

Laverty excited the U-Haul, re-entered the truck, and then purposely tried to run over the official and the K-9. The officer and the animal were unharmed. 

The chase finally ended when the U-Haul’s front tire got loose and started coming off. The faulty tire prompted Laverty to flee the scene on foot, but she was later found. 

Laverty was booked into custody and faces the following charges: “failure to stop or respond at (the) command of an officer; a third-degree felony, failure to remain at (an) accident involving injury (a class A misdemeanor); assault on (a) peace officer or military service member in uniform, (a class A misdemeanor); failure to stop at the command of law enforcement (a class A misdemeanor); Possession of a controlled substances schedule I/II/analog, (a class A misdemeanor); Use or possession of drug paraphernalia, (a class B misdemeanor,) Possession or use of a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor.” 

More information will be posted as it becomes available. 

If you were the victim of a pedestrian crash in Utah, our group of Utah pedestrian accident lawyers is ready to hold the at-fault party accountable for their actions and recover your deserved compensation. We invite you to contact the law office of Swenson & Shelley PLLC at (435) 265-4523 or online to book a free, no-obligation case evaluation. 

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.