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July 25, 2021

West Haven man’s shed smashed into by a car for 3rd time

Troy Chase has asked the city to redesign an intersection by his house after a car crashed through his yard for a third time. (Mike Anderson, KSL TV)

WEST HAVEN — A West Haven homeowner asked the city to redesign an intersection near his home after having his yard and shed smashed into by a car for the third time.

Luckily no one has hit his house yet.

Troy Chase said keeping his family and others safe is his biggest concern.

The latest driver blew a concrete fire pit into pieces before smashing into his shed early Tuesday morning.

“I don’t want anybody to get killed over something that could hopefully get fixed easy,” Chase said.

He said it could have been disastrous if his family was out there at the time.

“Two o’clock in the morning just heard a noise,” Chase said. “Of course this is the third time it’s happened. Obviously, we’re going to look right in the pasture or shed out there again.”

Of course, he found a sedan in the shed that somehow broke straight through the concrete barrier that was his fire pit.

The easy fix, he said, would be to make changes at the T-intersection in front of his home at the end of 3600 South.

“I just want to get something done,” Chase said. “Because I feel if it happens again and again and again, someone’s going to get killed.”

Much like before, the animals out back were fine. Back in January 2020, a neighbor’s camera showed a goat jumping out of the way.

At the time, deputies said it was a man in a stolen car who then jumped into his girlfriend’s car to get away. Investigators later found drug paraphernalia.

“This place is growing out here, so there’s a lot more traffic than there used to be,” Chase said.

This time deputies cited the driver with a DUI.

When this happened 10 years ago, it was especially chilling. “My wife runs a daycare, so I mean, if this happened in the middle of the day, and one of the kids got hurt…” he said without finishing the thought.

There is a lot at stake and Chase believes changes like flashing lights and a “stop ahead” sign would give drivers more warning before the road ends.

He said it’s better than waiting for something tragic to happen.

“Something needs to change,” he said.

Chase talked with the public works department in West Haven and he was hopeful that those changes are possible.

City Manager Matt Jensen told KSL that his office is in the early stages of looking into it.

Mike Anderson

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