A controversial polygamist police officer and five others who stopped at the scene of an injury accident were injured by a car that swiped by while they were giving aid.
Colorado City, Ariz., Town Marshal Sam Barlow was injured when he stopped at the scene of a rollover on southbound I-15, the Utah Highway Patrol said Saturday.A Salt Lake doctor and two Corrections officers, who also had stopped to help at the accident, were also injured.
Mark Owens, 23, and Verna Owens, 55, both of St. George, were traveling south about 8 p.m. Friday when their car lost control on the ice, went into the median, rolled and came to a rest on the southbound lane, said dispatcher Kathy Nielson.
A second southbound car spun out and slid sideways, running into the Samaritans and then into another vehicle, said Nielson.
The second car came to a stop and then left the scene, Nielson said. A car later was stopped by a Beaver County sheriff's deputy. Bertram Tillett, 19, Hill Air Force Base, was booked into Beaver County Jail for investigation of failure to stop and render aid at an injury accident, the UHP said.
Barlow was treated and released, while five others were hospitalized. Dr. Robert Quife, 31, Salt Lake City, was in stable condition at Beaver Valley Hospital.
Paul Cassedy, 27, Laguna Beach, Calif., was in stable condition with a broken leg, a nursing supervisor said.
Robert Cook, 58, and Tina Dickerson, 29, two Corrections Department employees who were returning from delivering a prisoner and stopped to help, were in stable condition at Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City.
Also in the Cedar City hospital was Susan Parker, who was in stable condition, a nursing supervisor said.
"They had stopped to help," Nielson said.
Barlow, who practiced law on both sides of the Utah-Arizona line in the polygamist communities of Hilldale and Colorado City, had his Utah police certification removed after he admitted he had three wives. Polygamy is against the law in Utah.