Police cite woman driver for hitting UHP Sgt. Sunday in Sardine Canyon

UHP trooper hit while investigating crash in Sardine Canyon. Courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol

LOGAN — The woman who struck a highway patrolman Sunday afternoon in Sardine Canyon has been issued a citation. Hannah B. Dawson was ticketed for travelling too fast for road conditions.

A press release from the Logan City Police Department said, Dawson was driving a 2007 Hyundai Elantra northbound through the canyon, Sunday around 5:15 p.m.

At the same time, UHP Sgt. Cade Brenchley was checking on a vehicle which had slid off the road. As he was walking towards the stranded vehicle, the Elantra struck him from behind, throwing him into car he had stopped to assist.

Several citizens assisted Brenchley. Another man was able to call for help using the trooper’s car radio. Paramedics later transported him to Logan Regional Hospital for treatment of several broken ribs and shoulder.

Brenchley was released from the hospital Tuesday morning. During a press conference he said Dawson had visited him after the accident, and he forgives her for what happened.

“She made a mistake,” Brenchley said. “I hold no ill will towards her, and if anybody should be upset, it should be me or my family but we’re not. She realizes that she made a mistake and that’s our job as highway patrolman, to correct driving behavior, to gain compliance for those laws for the sake of safety. I think she won’t make that mistake again, I am fairly certain.”

Logan officers were dispatched to investigate the crash since it involved Brenchley. They report it had been snowing and several accidents had already occurred in Sardine Canyon around the same time.

Dawson is from Boise, Idaho, and is attending school in Logan. She told investigators, as she was driving just past “big curve” her vehicle began to slide towards the median barricade. She was able to avoid the barricade and her vehicle began to slide towards the vehicles off to the side of the road. As she turned slightly back towards the roadway, she struck Brenchley with the front passenger side of the Elantra. Her vehicle then struck the stranded vehicle and a second vehicle that was stopped to help.

Court records show the citation carries a fee of $150 dollars.

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