Caught on camera: Car careens through Layton yard
LAYTON, Utah — A Layton family was pushing for greater safety measures at a neighboring intersection Friday after a car was caught by a doorbell camera careening through the front yard.
Mckell Glass said she was home around 5 p.m. Thursday when she heard an awful sound outside her house.
“I heard somebody’s brakes squeal out,” the 18-year-old told KSL TV. “I looked up from my bedroom window and I saw a guy in his passenger seat just right next to my window, maybe a foot away.”
Glass said upon reviewing the recorded video footage, she watched as the car skidded on a left-hand turn from 400 West to 525 North and veered widely into her yard, barely missing a tree and leaving tire marks through the front yard.
The video also showed a large rock projected toward the front of the house when the car impacted the curb.
According to Glass, the rock barely missed one of the front windows.
“The gravel and this corner have always been a problem for us,” Glass said. “We’ve been trying to find something we can do about this spot right here to get people to slow down.”
Family members said cars have crashed into their yard “six or seven times” over the roughly 20 years they’ve lived in their home.
This, they said, was the closest call yet.
According to Layton police records, the last reported case from the address was back in 2017.
Family members said it was around that time that the city installed more reflectors at the barricades where 400 West dead ends and becomes Bamberger Trail.
In a statement issued by Layton police, the department planned to step up patrols and also place radar trailers in the area to inform drivers of their speeds.
The statement also said the city’s public works department determined that “from an engineering perspective, the design meets the standard with a clearly posted 25 MPH sign on the road, a hard left warning sign prior to the turn with a 10 MPH advisory, jersey barriers with reflective tape at the dead end” as well as a street light installed for low-light situations.
According to the statement, public works was still reviewing the area to determine if any additional safety measures could be implemented.
A police spokesperson said officers were able to track down the 21-year-old man driving the car and cite him for speeding.
Glass said the family hoped a similar situation wouldn’t play out again, despite the history.
“It’s pretty dangerous,” Glass said. “If they would have hit the tree or our house, you know, we could have been hurt or they could have been really badly hurt, so it’s scary.”
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