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Salt Lake City, UT (August 07, 2021) – A 26-year-old driver died when an alleged drunk driver drove into oncoming traffic on Interstate 15 and crashed head-on into her car in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 7th.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the accident took place at about 1:10 a.m. 

An official from the department said that the victim was driving a Toyota Corolla when the wrong-way motorist, driving a Toyota Tacoma, entered the interstate at 900 South in Salt Lake City and proceeded to travel southbound in the northbound lanes. 

The woman died at the scene. The other occupant of the Corolla, as well as the two occupants of the Tacoma, all survived. There is no word on their condition.

Immediately following the crash, a third vehicle pulled over to assist at the scene and the driver of the Tacoma stole their car and attempted to flee.

Troopers soon apprehended the male suspect and he was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI, manslaughter, and car theft.

The freeway was partly shut down for about five hours while troopers conducted their investigation. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Fatal Drunk-Driving Accidents in Salt Lake City

When victims pass away from injuries sustained in accidents caused by reckless, negligent, or careless drivers, their families may be entitled to compensation. Filing a legal claim with a responsive and effective wrongful death attorney in the Salt Lake City area can help to ensure your legal rights are protected after enduring the loss of a loved one.

In 2018 and 2019, the rate of arrests for drunk and drugged drivers fell by 4%. The largest percentage of these drivers were arrested in Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, and Utah counties, making up 70% of the state’s drunk driving arrests. Every remaining county outside of Wasatch Front added together comprised just 30% of Utah’s drunk driving crashes, a figure that is disproportionate to the region’s population.

The Utah fatal accident attorneys at Jardine Law Offices have extensive experience helping grieving families get the justice they deserve after losing loved ones in preventable collisions. Our team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach toward protecting the legal rights of families throughout the Salt Lake City area. 

When dealing with wrongful death in Utah, members of the victim’s immediate family, parents, spouses, and children, are entitled to bring a claim against the at-fault person. If you have decided to file such a claim, it is imperative that you secure immediate legal counsel in order to be eligible for damages. 

If your loved one lost their lives in an accident, due to the negligence of another person, contact our personal injury attorneys in Salt Lake City at (801) 350-3506 to see how our team can help you get the justice you deserve for your loved one. Our team is available to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s accident.

Notes: The details and information utilized to create this post were gathered through the use of secondary sources. The details surrounding this accident have not been independently verified by the writing staff at Jardine Law Offices. These sources include but are not limited to newspaper stories, local news sources, local and state police reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious accidents that take place in Farmington and Salt Lake City, Utah. If you locate any information that is inaccurate, please contact us right away so that we can update the post with the most accurate information available. If you would like the post to be removed, please let us know and we will remove it as soon as possible. 

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