‘Every day, it makes me love her more’: How Utah newlyweds are coping after accident left man paralyzed

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SALT LAKE CITY — It was a normal Saturday morning when Austin Patten — newlywed, triathlete, data analyst — got up early to take his car into the shop for some work. He attached his bike to the back so he could drop the car off and ride the bike home.

Austin was on that ride, just 2 miles away from home, when he started descending a hill on Fort Union Boulevard near 2300 East in Cottonwood Heights.

“A Jeep was coming up the hill, and the sun had just kind of peeked over the mountains,” Austin recalled. “They were coming up the hill and needed to turn left to get into a parking lot. I was coming down the hill, and because of the sun they were unable to see me.”

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