Second Crash Where Lehi Postal Worker Was Injured Leads To Change
LEHI, Utah – Neighbors said a second crash Wednesday at the site where a postal worker was severely injured in May has apparently become the catalyst to finally move the neighborhood’s mailboxes.
The mailboxes have been stationed on the west side of 2300 West just north of 70 North, and Richard Gwilliam said several neighbors started pushing three years ago to get the structure relocated amid increasing traffic.
“It’s not a safe situation to have anyone walking over there to get the mail — so dangerous, very dangerous,” Gwilliam said Wednesday evening.
On May 26, a postal worker suffered extensive injuries to his legs when police said a suspected DUI driver hit and pinned him.
Still, Gwilliam said there were no developments until Wednesday around 9:00 a.m., when a sedan veered and crashed into the same mailboxes.
Officials with the Lehi Police Department said they were not able to immediately provide additional details of the crash when contacted after hours Wednesday night.
Gwilliam, however, said the neighborhood received some positive news in a conversation with a postal official who showed up at the site.
“This time around, (we) talked to the guy at the scene and very quickly was willing to work with us and very quickly was saying, ‘yeah, whatever it takes, let’s get it moved,’” Gwilliam said. “We’ve actually already got an agreement with them where they’re going to split the mailboxes and we’re going to put some of them over there on that street where they service them and some over here in this neighborhood and service them.”
KSL did not immediately receive a response from the U.S. Postal Service Wednesday.
Gwilliam said he was glad to see a change after pushing for a long time, but he also hoped the mail worker injured in May would continue to be top of mind.
He said neighbors donated “a few thousand dollars” to the man to help with what he characterized as an extremely difficult road ahead.
“He’s going to have a big life change ahead of him,” Gwilliam said. “It was a terrible tragedy.”
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