NEPHI — A Mount Pleasant man was killed Sunday after colliding with a truck that was pulling a cattle trailer on a canyon road near Nephi, troopers said.
Armand Jay Allred, 37, was traveling west on a motorcycle on state Route 32 just before 4 p.m. as a Ford F-350 was driving east. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the crash occurred in a "long gradual curve."
Allred was driving in the wrong lane while rounding the curve and the truck driver tried to move to the right to avoid crashing with the motorcycle, the UHP said. The motorcycle, however, hit the truck's front left side.
Allred died on impact, troopers said.
The Ford driver was able to drive his vehicle off the road and stop, troopers said. He was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured in the crash.2 comments on this story
According to the UHP, troopers found evidence of alcohol at the scene of the collision. The Ford driver told troopers he drank alcohol earlier in the day. He was given a field sobriety test and consented to a blood draw, troopers said. It is not believed he was over the .05 blood alcohol content limit.
Troopers said Allred "smelled of alcohol." He wasn't licensed to operate a motorcycle, the UHP said on Tuesday.
"There was a helmet at the scene but we do not believe it was being worn. Both tires on the motorcycle were very bald and had steel showing," the UHP said.