According to KSL news and the Utah Highway Patrol, one person was killed on Friday, September 11, 2009 after a pickup truck hit a minivan on the I-15 in Cedar City, Utah.
The driver of the pickup truck, 16-year-old Colton Utley of Santa Clara, Utah was headed southbound on Interstate 15 shortly after 5pm. He lost control of his truck and spun through the median into the northbound lanes where he hit the Toyota minivan. The driver of the van has been identified as 42-year-old Nyal C. Bodily of Pleasant Grove, Utah. Despite wearing a seatbelt, he was killed on impact. Another passenger of the car suffered a broken hand in this Utah car accident.
Typically, interstate crashes involve drivers traveling at high rates of speed. Although it is unknown why the driver of the pickup lost control of truck, speed may well have been a factor. Did you know that speed related crashes are 3.4 times more likely to be fatal than other Utah auto accidents? In 2007, there were 11,411 speed related car crashes in Utah, resulting in 5686 injured. Speed was the main factor in 43 percent of fatal crashes in 2007 and. (Statistics provided by publicsafety.utah.gov)
I offer my condolences to this family as they mourn this tragic loss. Obviously, Mr. Bodily did nothing to contribute to this crash happening. From all appearances, he was innocently driving down the road when all of this happened. His family is now left with a claim against the driver of the other vehicle.
Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.