Multiple accidents cause 11 fatalities this weekend in Utah
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Four more people were killed in traffic accidents in Utah Monday, bringing the tragic total of fatalities since Friday night to 11.
Three people were killed about noon in a four-car accident on state Route 201 near 11400 West.
Kristal Lyttle, 28, Craig Grover, 22, and Bernadette Pacheco, 29, were all riding in the same vehicle when they were killed, said Unified Fire Authority Capt. Cliff Burningham. Four others, including two adults and two children, were taken to local hospitals in critical condition. All patients had to be taken by ambulance because the weather prevented medical helicopters from flying.
The remaining patients were treated at the scene or transported in less serious conditions.
The accident started when Lyttle, who was driving an SUV carrying the two other fatal victims, lost control of the vehicle, spun out of control into oncoming traffic and was hit head-on by a large pickup truck.
The Utah Highway Patrol reported that there was evidence of drugs and alcohol in the SUV, but the cause of the accident remains under investigation.
The multiple-vehicle accident capped off a deadly weekend on Utah's roads.
Earlier Monday, a Tooele County man was killed after he was ejected from the pickup truck he was driving and then pinned beneath the vehicle.
The crash occurred about 3:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 40 about five miles from Bridgeland when Timothy Allen Price of Grantsville lost control of the 2-ton pickup truck he was driving. The truck traveled down the shoulder of the road for several hundred feet, Utah Highway Patrol troopers said, then came back on the road and began to fishtail.
The truck left the road again and rolled, landing on the driver's side. Price, 25, was not wearing a seat belt. He was ejected and pinned under the truck when it stopped rolling. He died at the scene.
A passenger in the truck, Jeffrey Paul Oaks of Vernal, was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries to his arms and torso. Oaks, 33, was taken by ambulance to Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt.
Troopers reported that alcohol use was a factor in the crash.
Friday night, Mary Sue Dutson, 49, was killed after her car spun out into oncoming traffic on snowy state Route 132 in Juab County and was hit by an oncoming pickup truck. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Saturday, two brothers — 10-year-old Bridger Ferguson and 7-year-old M'Gwire Ferguson — were killed when a vehicle driven by the boys' 18-year-old sister slid out of control on the snowy state Route 165 near Providence in Cache County, and was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
Also Saturday, Katie Lynne Miller, 21, was killed when her car slid out of control on an icy road into a telephone pole in Weber County.
Saturday night, one woman was killed and two others injured when their vehicle ran out of gas on I-15 near Highland, and they tried to run across the freeway to get help. Deyon Cowan, 52, died at the scene.
Sunday, a Colorado truck driver who was tyring to be a good Samaritan and stopped to help the victims of a rollover accident, was hit and killed. Shannon Lee Tayor, 42, of North Glenn, Colo., had stopped to help two people in an SUV that had hydroplaned off I-15 and rolled in Washington County. After he got the two occupants out, another car skidded off the road and hit all three people, killing Taylor and one of the victims he had just pulled out, Juan Carlos Frayre, 32, of Utah County.
The current storm that has settled over the state is expected to drop a lot of snow in Utah's mountains over the next few days.
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