Update: Officials ID man killed in I-80 wrong-way collision

Officials are at the scene of a fatal, wrong-way crash on Interstate 80 and 7800 West in Salt Lake County on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 25, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have identified a man killed in a wrong-way crash on westbound Interstate 80.

The deceased driver is Todd D. Neely, 29, of South Jordan.

The crash, between a black SUV driven by the victim and a white Sedan, allegedly driven by suspect Ryan Cody Davis, happened at about 9:30 a.m. Friday in the area of 7800 West.

The victim was not ejected, but died at the scene, Trooper Brandon Glines, Utah Highway Patrol, said at the scene. Each of the vehicles was occupied only by a male driver, he said.

A probable cause statement filed in the case says the white sedan, travelling the wrong direction, struck the black SUV, causing it to roll and resulting in the death of the victim.

The statement says the surviving driver, identified by his driver licence as Davis, was given a field sobriety test, and eyelid tremors were observed.

“Trooper Ohlau also informed me that Davis the driver of vehicle #1 (the sedan) stated that he was driving to Tooele and the next thing he knew he was there,” it says. “Davis also stated to troopers that he had smoked meth two weeks ago. I located prescription drugs belonging to Davis inside of vehicle #1.”

Multiple prescription drugs were found, including one or more that works as a central nervous system depressant.

Davis was read his Miranda Rights, and consented to an exam, the statement says.

“Sergeant Cornia informed me that due information obtained from the exam, he believed Davis was under the influence of a central nervous system depressant (CNS depressant),” the statement says. Davis was placed under arrest and read DUI admonitions.

Davis declined to agree to a blood draw, the statement says. It does not say whether once was taken upon the issuance of a search warrant.

Davis, 38, faces charges of:

  • Automobile homicide negligence — DUI of alcohol and/or drugs, a second-degree felony
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, a class A misdemeanor

He was transported to Salt Lake County Jail, where he is being held without bail.


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