Three killed in early morning crash outside of Heber
UHP investigating whether impairment was a factor
February 15, 2017
Three people were killed in a head-on collision on U.S. 40 early Tuesday morning, causing law enforcement officials to temporarily close the highway for several hours.
According to the Utah Patrol, Miguel J. Huitron, 27, of Salt Lake City, Cindy A. Cruz, 27, of West Jordan, and Christina L. MaCinauskas, 29, of Heber City, were the victims. Two passengers also suffered injuries and were considered in critical condition.
At around 7:16 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, a blue 2006 Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on U.S. 40 near mile maker 14 north of Heber City when it drifted into oncoming westbound traffic. The vehicle collided head-on with a white 2013 Kia Rio.
Huitron, the driver of the Honda Civic, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. Cruz, a backseat passenger, was flown to an area hospital where she later died. Sgt. Todd Royce said another female passenger was transported to the hospital in "very critical condition with life-threatening injuries."
The driver of the other vehicle, MaCinauskas, was taken via medical helicopter to an area hospital but efforts to save her were not successful. Her male passenger remains in critical condition, Royce said.
The Utah Highway Patrol is investigating whether impairment was a factor in the crash. Royce said law enforcement officials found evidence at the scene indicating the driver was impaired.
"We can't go into specifics about what we found, but we did find something that would lead us to believe there was impairment," Royce said.