ROY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The video on the dash of a taxi cab caught the moment an alleged impaired driver driving the wrong way on I-15 crashed head-on into another vehicle early Saturday morning in Roy.
In the video, you can hear the driver of the Taxi calling 911 to report the driver who was traveling around 70 mph on the wrong side of the freeway. You can see the car as he passes the taxi driver (on the left side of the video) before passing a couple of other cars headed north just before the crash.
According to Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lawrence Hopper, an adult male driving a Maserati had accessed the freeway using the Riverdale exit around 12:44 a.m. heading south in the northbound lanes.
The Maserati didn’t get too far before he hit a woman driving an Isuzu Rodeo, causing the Rodeo to flip upside down and over the wire barrier. The Rodeo landed on the shoulder of the southbound lanes.
The woman suffered a shattered pelvis and several lacerations to her head. She was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries but faces a long road to recovery.
The driver of the Maserati, 44-year-old Gary Shook, suffered minor injuries, with some lacerations to his head. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he received stitches.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
Upon release from the hospital, Shook was booked into the Weber County Jail on suspicion of DUI. He could face additional charges once the investigation is complete.
The witness, the driver of the A2B Taxi Service, LLC. taxi told ABC4 this is a miracle no one was killed.
“It’s just a reminder to not drink and drive and how important remembering to put your seatbelt on is,” said the unidentified driver. “Our thoughts go out to the victims in this accident.”
The northbound freeway was shut down for a couple of hours while crews cleaned up the oil the Maserati spilled across most of the northbound lanes.