Park City teen perishes in I80 wreck |

Park City teen perishes in I80 wreck

A traffic crash stopped cars on Interstate 80 Friday as 17-year-old Erica Knell of Park City was flown in a medical helicopter to a hospital in Salt Lake City. However, according to her father she did not survive.

The four westbound lanes at Jeremy Ranch were blocked. Drivers were directed off I-80 until troopers opened the freeway at about 2:10 p.m.

"That’s coming down our side of [Parleys Canyon] right at the bottom almost across from Jeremy Ranch driving range," Assistant Park City Fire Chief Bob Zanetti said about the location of the crash.

Knell was driving a sport utility vehicle eastbound on Interstate 80 near Pinebrook when the vehicle rolled several times into the median, Zanetti explained.

"The patient was ejected," Zanetti said.

Zanetti called the crash "a pretty serious accident," and said Knell, who had a pulse when she was airlifted from the scene, was not wearing a seat belt.

"I didn’t see any skid marks," Zanetti said.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday September 10, 3 the Park City Stake Center, 2300 Monitor Drive, Park City, Utah, where friends may visit with the family on Tuesday evening September 9 from 6 pm to 8 pm and also on Wednesday afternoon from 1:30pm to 2:30pm prior to services.

Interment and Dedication of the grave will be at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park at 6:30pm. On line condolences may be sent to the family at

The family encourages donations in Erica’s name to assist refugees in the Salt Lake area through the Salt Lake County Action (SLCAP) Program/Hartland Fund, 764 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101, Telephone (801)354-2444.

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