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One month later, UTA officer recounts getting hit by car while on duty

Officer Nicole Ravens says she wants to return to protecting and serving the community as soon as she can.
Posted at 12:19 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 14:19:25-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Nearly one month ago, Officer Nicole Ravens of Utah Transit Authority Police was run down by a car while she was on duty.

Despite her potentially life altering experience, Ravens says she wants to return to protecting and serving the community as soon as she can.

On August 11, Ravens was driving down State St. during her routine shift when saw a dog running in the roadway and a person trying to retrieve the animal.

She turned on her emergency lights and began closing down northbound lanes. Once two of the three lanes were closed, a driver came from around the corner and slammed into her.

Ravens lied on the street for several seconds before realizing she was not paralyzed and was able to radio for help. She said every UTA officer on duty that night and some South Salt Lake officers responded to help her.

Now that she’s on the road to recovery, Officer Ravens says it’s made her even more passionate about her career path.

“I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather work with and the guys that I work with right now and I just love what I do!" Ravens told FOX 13. "Every day is different, every day when I drive home from work, I think about the good impacts I’ve had on people and the experiences. I think about what I did right and what I could’ve done differently, but it’s just such a really great experience for me and it’s incredibly fulfilling.”

Officer Ravens, who was on the job for only seven months at the time of this accident, said the experience has made her more determined than ever to be a cop.

But she says this experience has made her more determined than ever to be a cop.

Ravens will learn whether or not she needs spinal surgery after a visit with a doctor this week. If she can get by without surgery, she'll still need physical therapy before returning to work.