A Sandy man died Tuesday night after being thrown from his car when it brushed a pickup truck, rolled and caught fire.
John E. McDonald, 37, 8384 S. Mesa Dr., died in the 8:30 p.m. accident.Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Donald Christensen estimated that McDonald was traveling at more than 100 mph when the accident occurred on I-215 near 19th East.
Christensen said McDonald apparently swung into the left emergency lane to pass two other vehicles. McDonald apparently cut back too quickly and the rear end of his car brushed the front of a pickup truck causing McDonald's sportscar to roll once and slide more than 400 feet down the road. The car burst into flames after McDonald was thrown from the vehicle.
Christensen said McDonald was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck also lost control of his vehicle and hit a road barrier. He was taken to Cottonwood Hospital where he was treated and later released.
The McDonald vehicle matched a description of a car that was reported traveling at a high rate of speed on I-15 just minutes before the I-215 accident. Christensen said an off-duty UHP officer called in a report of a car matching the description of McDonald's vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed southbound near 51st South. UHP officers set up roadblocks at 72nd and 90th South but never saw the vehicle reported by the off-duty officer.