A Salt Lake man was killed Sunday in a rollover accident in Big Cottonwood Canyon and a woman was in serious condition after her vehicle ran off an embankment on Wasatch Boulevard, officials said.
Gerald M. Gilbert, 30, Salt Lake City.
Gilbert was ejected from the back seat of a four-wheel-drive vehicle and then crushed by the vehicle in a rollover accident at 5:40 p.m. about two miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon, said Salt Lake County Deputy Sheriff Paul Burnett.Teresa Gates, 26, Bountiful, driver of the vehicle, lost control as she and two passengers were riding down the canyon after a day of skiing, Burnett said. The vehicle ran into the mountainside and rolled, he said.
Gates was flown by helicopter to University Hospital where she was in fair condition Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman said. A front-seat passenger, Marc Montoya, 22, Salt Lake City, was also in fair condition in University Hospital, she said.
Authorities said Wanda Hong, 37, 6935 Pine Mountain Drive, was injured when her small car ran off Wasatch Boulevard at 56th South about 5:15 p.m.
Salt Lake County Deputy Sheriff Larry Marks said the vehicle left the roadway airborne and rolled end-over-end for more than 100 feet down a steep embankment before landing upright.
Hong was in serious but stable condition Monday at University Hospital.
There were no skid marks at the scene of the accident and the woman told Marks she was traveling 50 miles per hour.
Marks said it was only a stroke of luck that left the woman alive.
"She hit a couple of big rocks, the car was severely damaged, and she was not wearing a seat belt," he said.