Utah Highway Patrol identifies victim in U.S. 40 fatality
The Utah Highway Patrol released the name on Monday of the Salt Lake City man who died in a rollover crash on U.S. 40 last week near the exit to Park City.
The victim, identified as Lindsay Davis, age 56, was pronounced deceased at the scene after he sustained fatal injuries in the one-vehicle accident, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. Sgt. Jed Jorgensen said Davis was alone and wearing a seatbelt at the time.
At around 2:01 p.m. on Friday, Davis was reportedly traveling east in a gray Chevrolet Trailblazer near mile post 3 when, for an unknown reason, it veered off the road toward the left, Jorgensen said.
It is assumed Davis then overcorrected and cut back across both lanes causing the vehicle to roll multiple times before coming to a rest several dozen feet away from the highway. Jorgensen said drugs and alcohol are not being considered a factor in the crash.
“Since it was just a single-vehicle accident there are a lot of unknowns,” Jorgensen said. “We didn’t even get a whole lot of good witness statements. All we know is traffic was moving at about freeway speed and some say they saw him come back across the road.”
The accident occurred near a Utah Department of Transportation Construction zone and resulted in major delays for afternoon drivers. Jorgensen said traffic was backed up in the eastbound lanes to the Interstate 80/U.S. 40 junction. Law enforcement officials did not clear the area until about 5 p.m.
“We had some intermittent closures and we had it down to one lane the entire time, but we had to shut off the one lane periodically over the course of three hours,” Jorgensen said.
Few major accidents along have occurred along that stretch of U.S. 40 over the summer, Jorgensen said, adding that most of the incidents that have occurred near the construction zone have been minor fender benders.
“I think the last fatal we handled on U.S. 40 was by Strawberry (Reservoir) over the Fourth of July weekend,” Jorgensen said.
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