MILLCREEK, Utah, June 23, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — An elderly woman died Friday afternoon after she ran a red light, hit another vehicle, then crashed into a building, according to a Unified Police Department official.
“The driver of the Subaru was an elderly female, a little older than 80 years old,” said Detective Ken Hansen, UPD. “Unfortunately and tragically, she passed away here at the scene.”
The woman was later identified as 83-year-old Sharon Sleight.
The accident happened at about 3:30 p.m. at Highland Drive and 3300 South, Hansen said. The victim, driving west in her white Subaru, drove through a red light and was hit by a white Lexus traveling south.
“It kind of glanced off the Lexus, and continued westbound, then it went across the street into eastbound lanes, and hit a bowling alley,” Hansen said.
People rushed out from nearby businesses to try to get to the woman, held in place by a deployed airbag, and to render medical aid, Hansen said. The victim died at the scene.
The driver of the other vehicle was unhurt, he said. The building sustained a significant impact, but engineers declared it structurally sound.
Hansen said the official cause of death will not be known until the Medical Examiner’s report is complete, but it is possible a medical episode was a contributing factor.
“There are no signs of any braking or trying to avoid the accident,” Hansen said.