Crash probe is underway
April 24, 2009
An investigation continues into the death of a 41-year-old Peoa man whose car was struck nearly head on March 30 by a pickup truck driven by a 59-year-old Woodland man.
Prosecutors need more information from the Utah Highway Patrol before any charges can be filed, Summit County Attorney David Brickey said.
The crash occurred on State Road 32 in Marion. Daniel Howells died when he was struck in his Saab by the Dodge pickup truck, according to Highway Patrol spokesman Cameron Roden.
The Woodland man was traveling northbound when he attempted to pass a Mazda car moving in the same direction.
But the truck driver clipped an oncoming Jeep in the opposite lane when he failed to return to his side of the highway, according to Roden.
After clipping the Jeep, the pickup truck slammed nearly head on into the Saab, Roden said.
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The Park Record doesn’t usually print the names of suspects until formal charges are filed in court.
At a minimum, Roden said he expects the Woodland man to be cited for improper lane change.
"They’re just making sure they do it thorough. We’re not up against any time crunch," Roden said about the time it has taken investigators to gather evidence. "They really haven’t decided any [charges] yet."
Howells was a popular Boy Scouts leader and had worked as a religious instructor for students in Wasatch County who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.