Update: Criminal activity may have led to Bangerter Hwy. rollover that killed 1, critically injured 2, UHP says

Pictures from Utah Highway Patrol show the March crash. Photo Courtesy: UHP

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah, March 25, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials are investigating the possibility that a suspect in a stolen vehicle may have been responsible for the Sunday morning rollover crash on Bangerter Highway that killed a woman and sent two more people to the hospital in critical condition.

At about 11:40 a.m. Sunday, a white Jeep Cherokee was heading east on California Avenue at the intersection of Bangerter Highway, according to a Utah Highway Patrol  news release.

“It appears the Jeep ran the red light at a high rate of speed and T-boned a red Chevrolet Sonic passenger car on the driver side,” the release says.

“The Chevrolet rolled off the road toward the northeast and the Jeep spun backward striking the light pole and rolled onto its side.”

When the Jeep rolled, a female passenger was ejected and fatally injured.

Before the crash occurred, the release states, an officer with the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, made contact with the driver of the white Jeep Cherokee regarding possible criminal activity.

According to the release, the DNR officer made contact on the frontage road near the Lee Kay Center, and the suspect fled.

The DNR officer lost sight of the Jeep as it turned from 5600 West to go east on California.

Later Sunday night, investigators were still working to confirm the identity of the deceased female, as well as the white Jeep Cherokee being listed as stolen.

The Utah Highway Patrol Major Accident Investigation Team, the State Bureau of Investigation and the Medical Examiner’s Officer were all called to the scene.

To view the earlier story, click here.

A woman died after the Jeep in which she was a passenger T-boned this Chevrolet Sonic on Bangerter Highway at Calilfornia Avenue on Sunday morning, March 25, 2018. Photo: Utah Highway Patrol

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