Crash kills Snyderville Basin man
Logan Jones remembered his father Tuesday as a man who loved his children, God and the outdoors.
Snyderville Basin resident Douglas Jones, 53, was killed Saturday when his Toyota Landcruiser hydroplaned during a rainstorm in Parleys Canyon, authorities say.
"He had a great love for the outdoors," Logan Jones said about his father. "He was a very active human being."
Douglas Jones had gone cycling with a group of friends the day he was killed, he added.
"He’s very big into biking," Logan Jones said. "He was an athlete in all aspects, marathon, triathlon and he was into skiing."
Douglas Jones was also an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
"We have some belief that families can be together forever and we believe we can see him again," Logan Jones said. "It’s just a temporary situation. Although, it’s still difficult, that eases the pain a little bit."
A medical student in Iowa, Logan Jones’ voice cracked when he recalled how often his father told him he was proud of his son. "I was very fortunate," he said.
"It’s been devastating for the children," said Polly Jones, Douglas’ wife. "He was the kind that really loved life and was always happy and was always on for the next adventure."
Douglas Jones, who sold commercial real estate in Texas, had five children. He moved with his family to Summit County in the late 1990s.
Jones was traveling westbound on Interstate 80 near the mouth of Parleys Canyon at the time of the crash, Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Jeff Nigbur said, not commenting on the cause of death.
"[Jones] lost control," the trooper said, adding that speed was a factor in the crash.
The 1996 Landcruiser slammed into a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by West Jordan resident Thomas Allen, 39, Nigbur said.
Allen, his 39-year-old wife, Gina, and his daughters, Linsey, 16, and Jessica, 12, were taken to University of Utah Health Sciences Center in an ambulance, he said.
A hospital spokesman said the Allen family requested no information be released about their conditions.
"The parents were in somewhat worse shape than the kids," Nigbur said.
Water from a "big, big storm" around 4:23 p.m. likely caused Jones to hydroplane, he added.
"[Jones] clips this truck," Nigbur said, adding that, during the wreck both vehicles rolled off the freeway onto a westbound onramp near a quarry. "[He] was killed instantly."
Jones’ body needed to be extricated from the sport-utility vehicle, Nigbur said.
"There was a lot of standing water," he said. "If you get standing water and you go too fast, you start hydroplaning and you start water-skiing."
Jones had likely lost control of his vehicle’s steering and brakes, Nigbur added.
"Go slow and let your tires cut through," he advised. "Twenty miles per hour might be a safe speed, it just depends."
Funeral services were scheduled Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Trailside LDS chapel at 510 Silver Summit Parkway.
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