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Police identify man who died in New Year's Day accident

Published: Thursday, Jan. 2 2014 11:30 a.m. MST

Police identified Lawrence Darton of Sandy as the man who died in a car accident early on New Year's Day.

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DRAPER — Police have identified a Sandy man as the person who died in a car accident early on New Year's Day.

Lawrence Darton, 54, died Wednesday in what may have been the state's only alcohol-related vehicle fatality on New Year's Day, police said.

Investigators were still looking Thursday into what caused the accident, said Draper Police Sgt. David Harris. Police believe that alcohol may have played a role.

Draper police and the Unified firefighters responded to a fatality from a car accident at 11500 S. 700 East at 2:04 a.m. Wednesday. Darton had crashed his car into the back of a semitrailer that was parked, police said. He died at the scene.

No one was in the semitrailer at the time of the accident, and there were no passengers in Darton's vehicle.

— Whitney Evans

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