Calif. man dies in wrong-way crash |

Calif. man dies in wrong-way crash

A California man died in a collision on Interstate 80 on the East Side of Summit County on Dec. 5 after hitting a tractor trailer head-on, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

Daniel Lewis Shoaf was 43 years old. He was driving from Eureka, Calif., to Ohio, a spokesman for the highway patrol said.

Cameron Roden, the spokesman, said the accident occurred just before 11 p.m. at milepost 152, approximately two miles west of Wanship.

Roden said Shoaf was driving by himself westbound in the eastbound lanes of the interstate in a 2009 Chevrolet sedan. The tractor trailer was driving eastbound when the collision occurred.

Shoaf was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer, the only person in the truck, was not injured.

Roden said investigators suspect Shoaf might have been drinking alcohol beforehand. He said a toxicology report is expected to be completed within a few weeks.

Roden said investigators have not ruled out whether Shoaf committed suicide by driving in the wrong lanes.

The highway patrol is unsure where Shoaf entered the interstate traveling in the wrong direction. He said the highway patrol did not receive calls about a vehicle driving the wrong way before the collision.

The conditions were clear and dry.

Shoaf and the driver of the truck were wearing seatbelts. The investigators are unsure how fast they were driving.

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