An apparent drunken driving crash on I-80 near Tooele claimed a man's life Wednesday morning.
Tyrone B. Wootten, 24, was a passenger in a van that rolled near the Salt Lake-Tooele County line about 8 a.m. Initially, troopers didn't see Wootten because he was tossed about 100 feet from the van after it rolled.
Wootten and another man were traveling at a high rate of speed on I-80 when the driver tried to pass other vehicles in a lane that ended, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Cameron Roden. Their van couldn't merge in with traffic, however, and they drove for a short distance on the shoulder.
The van begin to slip on the shoulder, causing the driver to overcorrect, Roden said. The van shot back onto the road and clipped another vehicle, he said. That bump caused the van to go into a spin and eventually roll on the embankment.
Neither passenger was wearing a seat belt, and both were ejected. The driver, a 24-year-old man from Salt Lake City, was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. Charges against the driver were pending Wednesday. Roden said there was evidence that alcohol was a factor.
The other vehicle was also sent into a spin. That car stayed on its wheels, and the driver was not injured, Roden said.