Man’s family struggles
April 7, 2009
A man killed in a traffic crash March 30 on State Road 32 in Marion left behind a wife and six children.
Donations for the family of the late Daniel Howells are being deposited into the Dan Howells Children Trust at any Key Bank.
"They could use a lot of help with six kids," said Peoa resident Maurits Noot, who lives next door to the Howells family.
Howells, who was 41 years old, died when he was struck nearly head on in his Saab by a Dodge pickup truck driven by a 59-year-old Woodland man, said Cameron Roden, a spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol.
Howells’ daughter, who was a passenger in the Saab, suffered only minor injuries in the crash. The traffic crash involved four vehicles and occurred near 1450 North at about 6:55 a.m.
"He was a great guy," Noot said about Howells. "His whole life was taking care of his family and the kids in the Scouts who he loved. That’s what it was all about for him. It wasn’t about getting rich. It was about helping other people and taking care of his family and his wife."
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Howells was a popular Boy Scout leader in South Summit.
"The kids loved him," Noot said. "He was an excellent Scoutmaster I understand that Scouts put a little banner up where the wreck was, in the memory of Dan."
The Summit County Attorney’s Office intends to meet with Utah Highway Patrol troopers to determine if the driver of the pickup truck that struck Howells should be charged.
"I am going to screen the case for a crime," Summit County Attorney David Brickey said.
At a minimum, Roden said he expects the driver of the pickup truck to be cited for improper lane change. The man was allegedly attempting to pass another car on the two-lane highway when Howells was hit while traveling the other way.