Crash kills Peoa mom on S.R. 32
After losing his only son in a car crash last year, a Peoa man’s wife was killed Monday after a traffic accident near her South Summit home.
Jill Noot, who was 46 years old, died Monday at about 8:30 p.m. after the authorities say she struck the side of an oncoming Ford pickup truck in her Toyota minivan that morning with "head-on force."
The crash required troopers close State Road 32 near Brown’s Canyon for roughly an hour, Utah Department of Public Safety spokesman Brian Hyer said.
"It appears the minivan drifted across the double yellow line," he said, adding that at the time of the wreck Noot was driving northbound on S.R. 32 near the Peoa cemetery. "The accident is still under investigation, possibly a distraction of some sort."
She was wearing a seat belt but was ejected during the crash, he said, adding that Noot was flown to LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City with severe head trauma.
"The impact was severe enough that it tore the minivan’s left side door off and the seat belt as well," Hyer said, adding that the 26-year-old Riverdale man driving the pickup truck suffered minor injuries, which were treated at the scene.
Maurits Noot in an interview Tuesday praised his wife’s work ethic and her desire "to make someone else happy more than herself."
Having lost Adam, her 18-year-old son, in a car crash in 2005, Noot insists his wife was a careful driver.
"My kids always joke about her because she always drove five miles under the speed limit I just honestly have no clue how this could happen," he said. "She always wanted to be careful and always wore her seatbelt and always made everybody wear seatbelts in the car."
Noot says his wife suffered fatal head injuries, several broken and a collapsed lung.
"It was grave," he said about her condition at the hospital. "I was able to see her a couple of times while they were working on her."
He said he struggled Monday while deciding to donate his wife’s organs.
"My initial answer was ‘no’ and they didn’t try to talk me out of it," said Noot, who works as a self-employed electrician in Park City.
His three daughters, however, who range in age from 13 to 21 years old, influenced him.
"She would want that so she could give it back to the community," he said, adding that his girls "automatically said, ‘yes, we need to do this, that’s what she would want.’"
Before Noot recently began a job at Mountain American Credit Union at Kimball Junction, she had worked at Wal-Mart in the Snyderville Basin since her family moved to the area 11 years ago.
"She had been the exit greeter over at Wal-Mart for the last couple of years," her husband said, adding that Noot had recently undergone neck surgery. "She decided to change jobs so she could sit down once in a while."
She quickly won praise from her new colleagues.
"She was awesome, definitely very strong willed with a strong desire to learn," Mountain America branch manager Aaron Geddes said about one of his newest tellers. "She knows a lot of people in this area and she genuinely cared for others."
Though work was important to her, Noot’s one-year-old granddaughter had recently consumed much of her time.
"She’s one amazing woman," Noot said, his voice cracking after 26 years of marriage. "She was so obsessed by my granddaughter, she just wanted to be with her all the time."
His wife wrote a letter to the couple’s granddaughter before she died, Noot said.
"My wife was so excited about her and she wanted her to know the kind of things that she did," he said, adding that he opened the letter Tuesday but had not read the letter.
He looks forward also to one day perusing his wife’s diary.
"I don’t know how much I can do that right now," Noot said, joking that parts of her journal are about him. "I’m scared."
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