Traffic accidents on Utah's highways and roads during the Days of '47 weekend have killed five people, putting the fatality count ahead of last year's, with one day left to go, Utah Highway Patrol officials said.
KILLED:Janice L. Walton, 43, North Salt Lake.
Ronald Lee Krinn, 32, Ogden.
Suphalak Brethold, 22, Ogden.
Lois J. Nelson, 50, Dugway, Tooele County.
Jacqueline Anderson, 24, Riverton.
Last July 24 holiday weekend, only three deaths were recorded.
Walton was a passenger in a car driven by Donald J. Pierce, 46, Tooele. The car traveling west on I-80 about 90th West near Saltair went off the right hand side, overcorrected, crossed the westbound lanes, crossed the median into the eastbound lanes and rolled once.
Walton, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected. She was pronounced dead at LDS Hospital following the 2:15 a.m. Sunday accident, troopers said. Pierce was treated at Pioneer Valley Hospital, then released.
Krinn was northbound on the I-215 belt route and attempted to enter the westbound lanes of 21st South when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a sign, the patrol said. He was dead on arrival at Pioneer Valley Hospital. The accident occurred at 9:40 p.m. Saturday.
Brethold, a Weber State College student, was killed about 8:30 p.m. Saturday in a two-car accident on Riverdale Road, the UHP said.
The victim was a passenger in a car driven by Holly Holmes, 21, of Ogden Valley. The vehicle was eastbound on the Ogden road, the patrol said.
The Holmes vehicle had changed lanes, lost control, spun around 180 degrees and ended up in the opposite lane, troopers said. The car was then hit broadside by a vehicle driven by Sanoma Burke, 39, Ogden.
None of the occupants of either vehicle wore seat belts at the time of the 8:30 p.m. Friday accident, the UHP said.
Burke suffered a broken leg and was in satisfactory condition Monday in St. Benedict's Hospital. Holmes was treated for facial cuts and released Saturday.
Nelson was killed Saturday when the U.S. Army ambulance in which she was riding left the Skull Valley road, about 120 miles south of the I-80 interchange, and hit a utility pole, Dugway Proving Ground spokeswoman Carol Fruik said.
Nelson was en route to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City with her granddaughter, Amanda Nelson, 12, who had suffered head injuries earlier in the day in a bicycle accident.
The girl was not further injured in the ambulance accident, which Fruik said is under investigation. The driver and two emergency medical technicians also escaped injury.
Anderson, 8476 S. 1275 East, was riding in a vehicle that flipped off I-15 at 90th South at 7:20 p.m. Sunday. She was dead at the scene, UHP reports said.
Driver Gregory J. Bardin, 24, 1841 W. 12960 South, Riverton, was booked into Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of automobile homicide, a dispatcher said.
The vehicle was southbound on I-15, drifted right, overcorrected, and rolled over the off-ramp. Troopers said the victim was partially ejected, and the car landed on its wheels. Neither Anderson nor Bardin was wearing a seat belt.