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Beer thieves run over Smith’s worker

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It wouldn't be exactly true to say John Keilman is angry.

"That's an understatement," he said. Keilman, 28, was run over around 1:30 a.m. Saturday by two juveniles apparently trying to flee Smith's employees who'd seen them stealing beer.

Keilman, who works nights as a shelf stocker at the West Jordan Smith's, 7061 S. Redwood Road, went outside to find his co-workers. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

He remembers bits and pieces of the incident, like how he was suddenly on the hood of the car and then thrown off. He doesn't remember being run over by the car. He was told by his co-workers he may have been run over twice.

Keilman is at LDS Hospital recovering. Sunday he was moved out of the intensive care unit. Monday morning, he was listed in serious but stable condition, said Jess Gomez, LDS Hospital spokesman.

Keilman said although he can't tilt his head back, he can move it forward.

"When I came in, I didn't have any movement at all," he said. "But now I can use my arms, and I've got feeling in my legs." But he still doesn't know if he will walk again.

"I'm nervous about it, but I'm not going to let it stop me."

The boys were on a beer run, said West Jordan Police Sgt. Dan Gallagher. With the help of store surveillance tapes and the media, the two apparently confessed to their parents, who then called the police, Gallagher said.

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