Homeless man talks to ABC4 after being struck by a car

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) A 63 year old homeless man was struck by a car while walking near Pioneer Park Tuesday afternoon.

Thomas Piper was just walking to the nearby Maverik when a car veered off the road, striking a pole, a power box and then Piper near 400 West 400 South.

ABC4 was on the scene before police or paramedics arrived. Piper was lying on the ground unconscious while the driver of the car paced nervously waiting for police.

Paramedics revived Piper and his injuries appeared to be minor. “It didn’t feel too good,” a dazed Piper told Good 4 Utah’s Randall Carlisle.

“It felt like I just got slammed into. It happened so fast. I didn’t really know what was going on.”

Patrick Zitting was walking down the street and watched it happen. “He’s actually lucky to be alive. As I was running up to him, I thought he was dead. That’s how hard it hit.”

Other witnesses at the scene claimed the driver tossed something from the car after the crash. They were searching for whatever it was in the nearby bushes. 

Police were questioning the driver as they consider possible charges.

And Thomas Piper walked away from the wreck, continuing his trip to the convenience store.

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