Wasatch County crash on SR-40 sends Duchesne couple to hospital in critical condition

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HEBER CITY, Utah, Oct. 22, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A Duchesne couple was transported to the hospital in critical condition early Saturday morning after their vehicle was struck nearly head-on by a man police say was driving a stolen SUV.

Sgt. Lawrence Hopper, Utah Highway Patrol, said the crash happened at about 12:40 a.m. when the driver of a black Ford Explorer, westbound on State Route 40, lost control of the vehicle near mile marker 32.

The driver, identified as Tyson Uresti, 22, veered to the right, then overcorrected to the left into oncoming traffic, striking the couple’s silver Audi almost head-on.

The couple was transported in critical condition to Utah Valley Medical Center.

Sgt. Hopper told Gephardt Daily that the woman is pregnant and was first taken by ground ambulance to Heber Valley Hospital, then flown by medical helicopter to UV Medical Center.

Officials have not identified the injured couple.

The driver of the Explorer fled the scene on foot, Hopper said, and it was determined that the vehicle had been stolen. A containment area was set up, and Uresti was located shortly thereafter. He was transported to the hospital for treatment and then was booked into Wasatch County Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, as well as other pending charges, Hopper said.



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