DUTCH JOHN, Daggett County — Heavy rains may have contributed to a crash that killed a Salt Lake man Tuesday, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
Timothy Christian Kinder Jr., 43, was killed about 6:40 p.m. on state Route 191 about 10 miles south of Dutch John, said UHP Sgt. Brett Gehring.
Kinder's Jeep Grand Cherokee crossed the center line, went off the shoulder of the road, came back onto the roadway and was fish-tailing when it was hit broadside by an oncoming pickup truck, Gehring said.
"The Jeep was completely sideways when it was struck," the sergeant said. "The driver's side was fully exposed."
Kinder, of Salt Lake City, died at the scene. He had been working and living at nearby Red Canyon Lodge, Gehring said.
The driver of the truck, Harold Bastin of Roosevelt, was taken to Ashley Regional Medical Center in Vernal as a precaution, Gehring said. He was treated and later released.
Troopers believe wet roads were a contributing factor in the crash. Witnesses told them heavy rains had been falling for about two hours when the crash occurred, Gehring said.