WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, April 24, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — An 18-year-old woman is dead after the car in which she was a passenger was T-boned by a second car Wednesday night in West Valley City.
The accident was reported at 8:15 p.m., West Valley City Police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku told Gephardt Daily. WVCPD officers responded to the scene, at 6200 S. Mountain View Corridor.
“A 17-year-old girl was driving a four-door passenger car westbound,” Vainuku said. “Preliminary information is that she ran a light. A southbound vehicle, another passenger car, hit the passenger side of the 17-year-old girl’s car.”
Sitting in the passenger seat was the 18-year-old victim, Vainuku said.
“That girl died at the scene,” she said. “The driver of that car was transported with non-life threatening injuries. And the driver of the other car, an adult female, was also transported with non-life threatening injuries.”
Lt. Steve Burke, West Valley City Police Department said witnesses called in the accident, saying a westbound gold car had run a red light and collided with a southbound orange car driven by a 51-year-old woman.
“They were all wearing seatbelts,” Burke said, but the damage to the gold car was major, and significantly damaged both doors on the passenger side.
Burke said speeds in the area are 65 mph, and investigators have not yet determined if either car was going faster.
“We’re still in the very early stages of investigation,” he said, adding the roadway would be closed until at least midnight.
Burke said that as of 10 p.m., “there’s really not evidence to suggest an arrestable offense.”
Burke said everyone involved in the accident has been identified, but the victim’s name will be withheld pending family notification.
During the investigation, Mountain View Corridor will remain closed between 5400 South and 7000 South, Vainuku said.
Gephardt Daily will have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.