SOUTH JORDAN — Motorists at what has become a dangerous intersection over the past month faced a different challenge Wednesday.
About 7:30 p.m., three vehicles traveling south on the Bangerter Highway near 11400 South had their passenger-side windows shot out by a quarter-inch steel ball bearing, possibly shot from a slingshot, said South Jordan Police Lt. Matt Pennington.
One passenger was hit but suffered very minor injuries, he said.
The intersection at 11400 South and Bangerter, which has been under heavy construction for the past month, has already been the scene of several recent serious crashes.
"You're dealing with a construction zone, it's already kind of a mess for motorists, and now you've got motorists worried about getting shot by a slingshot. It's one more thing that's really unnecessary with everything else going on," Pennington said.
Two of the vehicles on Wednesday were moving when they were hit and a third driver was waiting to make a turn, he said.
"When you talk about launching something into traffic, and traffic is moving 40, 50, 60 mph, I mean you could seriously hurt somebody or possibly kill them depending on where you hit them," Pennington said.
Jennie Sanchez Sorensen posted on Facebook that she was the driver hit while waiting to turn onto 11400 South.
"I heard an explosion and had a sharp pain in my right thigh," she posted. "I just thank God it wasn't worse and that I didn't swerve when I thought I hit the barrier.
Sorensen said she suffered "some welts" from broken glass and possibly the ball bearing. After she pulled over, she learned that another vehicle had been hit. She said whoever is responsible is believed to have been shooting the ball bearings from the west side of Bangerter Highway.2 comments on this story
Pennington said because that corner is torn up from construction, investigators aren't sure if there is surveillance video from nearby businesses.
Anyone with information about who may be responsible is asked to call the South Jordan Police Department at 801-840-4000.
"I'm sure it is a kid that doesn't understand that he could have killed somebody," Sorensen posted on social media. "They need to be caught and stopped. What a scary night. Luckily I walk away with a broken window and some welts."