Millard County demolition derby official killed in freak accident

Published: Saturday, July 5 2014 1:20 p.m. MDT

A Nephi man was killed in a freak accident Friday night at the Millard County Fairgrounds, where he was judging a demolition derby. One of the cars went out control and killed Robert Steele, 50, during the annual celebration.


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DELTA — A Nephi man was killed in a freak accident Friday night at an annual demolition derby held as part of Fourth of July festivities.

The victim was identified by the Millard County Sheriff's Office as Robert Steele, 50.

The sheriff's office said Steele was a visiting official at the derby and because of that role he had situated himself behind a dirt berm to be able to more closely see the arena.

Several people from the stands jumped the fence immediately to assist the ambulance crews that were on standby at the derby. Steele was taken to the Delta Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation.

— Amy Joi O'Donoghue

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