Park City traffic accident claims Salt Lake City man
A Salt Lake City man died on Sunday after a traffic accident on S.R. 224 as it passes the Park City Golf Club, the Utah Highway Patrol said.
A spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol said a 2012 Toyota Camry with two men inside was traveling southbound on S.R. 224 at 12:17 p.m. when it went off the road. The vehicle went through a fence and ended up in a creek.
The Utah Highway Patrol said the two men were taken to the University of Utah Hospital in ambulances. The driver, identified as Kurt Peterson, died at the hospital, according to the spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol. Peterson was 46 years old.
The accident prompted a large emergency response on the stretch of S.R. 224 outside the golf course. The Park City Police Department, the Utah Highway Patrol and the Park City Fire District were at the scene with emergency vehicles lining the side of the road. The investigation is continuing.
There were vehicle parts and pieces of wooden fence strewn through the scene. It was clear from the damage what section of the fence the vehicle drove through. The Camry at one point afterward was in the creek with its hood up as an investigator looked inside. Traffic was slow on S.R. 224 as drivers passed the scene.
The Utah Highway Patrol said the passenger, who is 24 years old and from Salt Lake City, was listed in serious condition early in the week with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.
Todd Royce, a Utah Highway patrol spokesman, said investigators did not observe obvious signs of impairment or alcohol or drugs inside the vehicle. He said the two were wearing seat belts.
Royce said investigators are considering the possibility the driver suffered a medical problem that caused the accident.
A page was created on the online fundraising website GoFundMe in support of the man who was injured, identified on the page as Elias Rios. The page says his injuries were minor but "the bills will be major." The page set a fundraising goal of $15,000 and had raised $5,830 by midmorning on Tuesday.
"One of my dearest friends Elias Rios has endured a devastating tragedy this week. On April 24, Elias and the love of his life Kurt Peterson were in a car accident in Park City. They were each rushed to the University of Utah Hospital and while Elias thankfully is alive and recovering well, Kurt did not survive," the GoFundMe page says. "Dozens of people are in a state of profound sadness. Kurt was the most wonderful man and dearly loved by many. The pain surrounding this death is more difficult for Elias and his loved ones to bear than can be expressed in words. To call this event a tragedy is a painful understatement."
The link to the page is: https://www.gofundme.com/2bxxy2hg.
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