Deputies hear from 'unidentified person' in crash that killed Price woman
PRICE — A West Jordan man has contacted Carbon County sheriff's deputies to tell them he was in a rollover crash Sunday near Scofield Reservoir that killed a Price woman.
Chad Wink, 30, called the sheriff's office Wednesday night, according to Lt. Tory Christiansen.
The call came in after the Deseret News and KSL-TV reported Wednesday that authorities were looking for an unidentified person in connection with the crash that killed Brooke Kristine Tomadakis.
But Debbie Wink said her son was already trying to get in touch with deputies before the news stories were published and no one would talk to him.
"They told him the investigating officer wouldn't be in until Friday," she said.
Wink confirmed her son was one of three people who were in a Dodge pickup truck about 1:45 a.m. Sunday when it slid off Pondtown Road, went down a 150-foot embankment and rolled multiple times.
"He was not driving. It was not his truck," she said, adding that her son had accepted a ride from Alvin Carter and Tomadakis.
Tomadakis, 22, was ejected when the truck rolled, deputies said. She died at the scene.
Carter, 27, of Magna, was also ejected. He was flown by helicopter to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center but has since been released, said Carbon County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Tom Stefanoff.
Wink was not ejected, his mother said, contradicting a previous law enforcement account of the crash. He managed to hold on and stay inside the truck, then crawled out once it stopped rolling, Debbie Wink said.
A witness to the crash drove the injured man down the mountain road to a convenience store to wait for an ambulance, his mother said. Someone pulled up to the store a short time later, put a cervical collar on Wink, told him the ambulance was coming and then drove on to the crash site, his mother said.
When the ambulance didn't arrive soon after that, Wink's wife drove him to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. His mother said he suffered broken vertebrae in his neck and back, head injuries and several broken ribs in the crash.
"He's in physical pain and he's in emotional pain," Debbie Wink said. "We're hurting for the (Tomadakis) family."
Wink said her son has already spoken with insurance investigators about the crash. Sheriff's investigators, however, still had not yet interviewed Chad Wink as of Friday morning, Christiansen said.
The lieutenant said, to his knowledge, Wednesday night was the first time Wink spoke with someone at the sheriff's office. He said Wink may have called earlier, asked for the investigating deputy and been transferred to his extension by a secretary.
"It's possible he may have left messages on (the deputy's) voicemail," Christiansen said.
Deputies have determined that Tomadakis was a passenger in the truck, but say they still don't know for sure whether Carter or Wink was driving. "We will be continuing this investigation and that will be determined," Stefanoff said.
Alcohol use is believed to be a factor in the crash and authorities suspect none of the people in the truck were wearing seat belts, the chief deputy said.
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