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Man killed, woman injured in Kearns auto accident

Published: Friday, Aug. 23 2013 5:45 p.m. MDT

One man was killed and a woman critically injured in an accident Friday afternoon in Kearns.

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KEARNS — One man was killed and a woman critically injured in an accident Friday afternoon.

About 3 p.m., a southbound SUV veered across three lanes of traffic and crashed into a concrete pedestrian crosswalk near 5200 West and 5000 South. The driver, 43-year-old James Randall Wilkes, was killed instantly, said Unified Fire Battalion Chief Lee Ascarte.

A female passenger, in her 20s, had to be extricated from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life. She was flown by medical helicopter to a local hospital in critical condition, where she remained Friday night.

What caused the vehicle to cross over all those lanes of traffic and crash was unknown Friday afternoon.

Roads in that area and the pedestrian bridge were closed until about 6:30 p.m. while investigators reconstructed the accident and made sure the walkway hadn't been damaged.

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