Man paralyzed in paragliding accident, then had SUV stolen in Sandy

Dec 20, 2023, 10:20 PM | Updated: Dec 21, 2023, 9:29 am

SANDY — A stolen car is always bad news, but it was even worse news for an SUV owner who also recently suffered a life-changing injury. Jared Potter woke up on Dec. 10 to find his 2016 Toyota 4Runner Limited had vanished.

“We woke up and we noticed my vehicle was stolen from the driveway,” Potter said.

Potter was in disbelief, especially after the past couple of months he’d had.

“It just kind of was like, ‘What the heck’ — Who steals a car from a guy who just got paralyzed?” he said.

On Oct. 5, Potter was paragliding in the Draper area when he crashed.

“Unfortunately I got myself into a situation that basically led to me getting into an accident,” he said Wednesday during an interview with KSL TV. “That broke my left femur in half as well as led to a spinal cord injury.”

Potter said the current prognosis from his doctors is that he will never walk again. He was just in the process of moving to a more accessible apartment at the time the theft took place.

Potter said his 4Runner has a cargo rack on top and a white TRD skid plate on the bottom with license plate number U397AK. He urged anyone with information on the vehicle’s whereabouts to contact Sandy City Police Department at 801-799-3000.

“I hope karma is going to treat him well after this,” Potter said of the thief.

Friends set up a GoFundMe* account to help Potter with expenses going forward, including transitioning into a new vehicle.

“When it rains, it pours I guess,” Potter said. “I don’t know what else is going to come at me.”

*KSL TV does not assure that the money deposited to the GoFundMe account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk. 

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Officials advise property-owners on best fire-safety practices to avoid the spread of summer fires....

Mike Anderson

Weber firefighters gear up for busy season, help homeowners prepare

Weber Fire District officials said they expect an uptick in fires following the recent wet cycle, something they've already been seeing around the state. Firefighters said there are some things you can do to prepare to help prevent fires from damaging your home or cabin.

20 minutes ago

A married couple was found dead in an American Fork home on Thursday....

Michael Houck and Lindsay Aerts, KSL TV

American Fork police rule married couple deaths as murder-suicide

Police have released the identities of the married couple found dead in American Fork Thursday and are ruling it was a murder-suicide. 

1 hour ago


Pat Reavy, KSL.com

Southern Utah woman charged with aggravated murder; prosecutors won’t seek death penalty

A 28-year-old woman accused of brutally killing her parents in their home is now facing 11 felony charges, including 10 first-degree felonies.

2 hours ago

utah county sheriff...

Michael Houck

Mudslide impacts traffic on Diamond Fork Canyon, sheriff’s office says

A mudslide is affecting traffic on Diamond Fork Road, making it difficult for travelers to get out of the canyon Friday afternoon.

3 hours ago

1 of 6Medina Reyes, Jorge Rafael SO#426266 Mug2021.jpg Jorge Rafael Medina-Reyes, 21, believed to b...

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com

Second man pleads guilty to kidnapping, murder of Kearns woman in 2021

A second man has pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murdering Nicole Solario-Romero, a woman whose abduction near her Kearns home in 2021 was caught on a doorbell camera.

3 hours ago

The La Sal Mountains are pictured at sunset as seen from Moab on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. (Spenser H...

Daniel Woodruff

Grand County official gave employee ‘safe word’ to use in uncomfortable conversations, complaint alleges

The Grand County human resources director has resigned her position amid allegations that she retaliated against an employee who complained about harassment.

4 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Man paralyzed in paragliding accident, then had SUV stolen in Sandy