ROY -- If an 18-year-old driver had taken the time to scrape the frost off her windshield, she may not have sideswiped a Weber County Sheriff's patrol truck Monday morning.
Sheriff's Deputy Mark Wian had just entered his truck after making a routine traffic stop at 3700 West and 5500 South around 9:30 a.m.
Almost immediately upon entering his patrol vehicle, a 2000 Chrysler Sebring struck Wian's vehicle, Weber County Sheriff's Lt. Mark Lowther said.
"If he had been a couple of seconds later getting into his vehicle, he could have easily been hit," Lowther said.
Roy Police Officer John Frawley responded to the accident.
The driver admitted to Frawley that she had not scraped off her windshield and was further blinded by the bright, morning sun. She said she never saw the deputy.
"It could have potentially been a tragic situation," Frawley said, "but luckily it wasn't."
Those involved did not report any injuries, but the truck sustained significant damage.
An adjuster will need to examine the patrol vehicle to see if it can be fixed or will need to be replaced.
Police cited the driver of the Sebring for driving with an obstructed windshield and failure to move or slow down for an emergency vehicle.
Officials ask that drivers take the time to completely clean their windshields to prevent similar actions in the future. Frawley said he has even seen accidents caused by drivers who only scrape off part of their windshield.
"Take the extra one or two minutes to clean your windshield off because it could save a life including, your own," Lowther said. "It's not worth it to save the time."