A 27-year-old motorist died early Wednesday after being hit by a Taylorsville patrol car.
The officer was traveling south on Redwood Road at an unknown rate of speed about 12:40 a.m., said Taylorsville Police Sgt. Rosie Rivera. The officer, whose name was not released Wednesday, had his overhead lights and siren on when he reached the intersection of 4700 South, where his car collided with another vehicle, she said. It is unknown which direction that car was traveling.
Investigators were looking Wednesday at whether the victim, identified as John Terry Douglas, of Tooele, was making a left turn when he was hit. The officer's car smashed into the passenger side door. Douglas was pronounced dead at the scene.
The officer was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a knee injury and released a few hours later. He was placed on administrative leave until the outcome of the investigation is determined.
"He's very shook up over the whole deal," Rivera said.
At the same time as that accident, other Taylorsville police officers were involved in a chase that began near 4500 S. State and ended somewhere near 10775 S. 3200 West in South Jordan.
Rivera said the officer was not a part of the chase when the accident happened. Whether he was going to join in the chase, set up road spikes further down the road or was responding to a separate call altogether was not known Wednesday.