MAGNA — A 20-year-old Draper man died early Saturday after being struck by a semi trailer on I-80.
Brakon Stevens was apparently walking in a travel lane on I-80 eastbound in the area of Saltair around 1 a.m. when he was hit, the Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Ted Tingey said. Five minutes before the man was struck, a motorist had called and reported that someone was walking on the interstate.
Stevens — who was wearing dark-colored clothing — was killed instantly, according to the UHP.
The driver of the semi trailer told police he didn't see Stevens until it was too late, making it impossible to stop or swerve in time to prevent the crash.
The eastbound route was closed for three hours to allow for investigation into the crash. Police are still trying to determine why Stevens was walking on the interstate.
Tingey said officers did not yet have an indication why the man was in the roadway.
The trooper said he was unaware if there had been an event at Saltair and Stevens had been in the area for that reason.