Update: South Jordan man who died in I-15 motorcycle crash identified

Utah Highway Patrol officers were at the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident Sunday night, April 9, after a 48-year-old South Jordan man riding on northbound Interstate 15 crashed into the concrete barrier. Officials believe he intended to get onto State Route 201 and may have been going too fast. Photo: Gephardt Daily

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, April 9, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A South Jordan man who died after crashing his motorcycle on Interstate 15 Sunday night has been identified.

John Unker, 48, was driving a red 2014 BMW S1000RR motorcycle, according to a news release from the Utah Highway Patrol.

UHP Sgt. Jalaine Hawkes told Gephardt Daily there were no witnesses to the crash, but it appears the motorcyclist was heading north on I-15, intending to go onto State Route 201, when he lost control of the motorcycle and hit the concrete barrier at approximately 9 p.m.

She said it’s possible that speed was a factor in the crash. The motorcycle continued for some distance from the point of impact. Hawkes said Unker was not wearing a helmet.

The ramp was shut down for the investigation.


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