Murray, UT (April 22, 2021) – Officers from the Utah Highway Patrol have identified the fatal victim of a wrong-way crash that took place on Monday, April 19th as 19-year-old Gwendolyn Doner.
Police reports state that the car occupied by Doner and her boyfriend was merging from Interstate 15 onto Interstate 215 in Murray when they were struck head-on by a pick-up truck driven by 35-year-old Justin Robertson.
In follow-up statements, police have said the collision that took the teenager’s life was the final act of an unusual crime spree.
An arrest report shows that Robertson informed police officers that he was high on crystal meth when he rammed a Unified Police squad car at the Cottonwood Heights police station. Robertson fled the scene as Unified officers gave chase but stopped following the truck when he turned the wrong way onto Interstate 215 at 6200 South.
Every effort was made to shut down the immediate area but Robertson managed to get another eight miles down the interstate before crashing head-first into two cars at the Interstate 15 interchange. Robertson then tried to flee the scene on foot but was attempted to run away from the crash but was apprehended by the Utah Highway Patrol.
When he was questioned, Robertson asserted that he had planned the evening’s tragic events and carried them out willfully. He admitted to using crystal meth about half an hour prior to ramming the police car. Court records show that he had a suspended license, and his vehicle was neither registered nor insured.
Gwen Doner was airlifted to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray where she passed away from her injuries. Her boyfriend, whose name has not been released, also received treatment for injuries but is expected to recover. A dog owned by the couple also sustained injuries and was taken to a veterinary hospital for treatment.
A driver in the other car that was struck by Robertson is also expected to make a full recovery.
Robertson is being held without bail in the Salt Lake County Jail. He has been charged with automobile homicide and driving under the influence, as well as multiple other charges.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Ms. Gwendolyn Doner, at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
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