Washington County officials release identity of woman killed when car plummeted down 300-foot ravine

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, July 8, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have released the name of a woman who died in Washington County after her car left the roadway and plummeted 300 feet to the bottom of a ravine.

The victim is 27-year-old Danyell Renee Simmons, of Washington County, according to the local sheriff’s office.

The accident is believed to have happened on Thursday, although the scene was discovered on Friday after a passerby on Kolob Terrace Road noticed damage to a road sign and saw the badly damaged Honda Civic far below.

Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office determined that the car had been there for less than 24 hours.

Simmons’ dog survived the accident and was taken to LaVerkin City Animal Shelter. Family members have made arrangements to pick up the animal, according to information from the sheriff’s office.

Officials were investigating at the scene to try to determine why Simmons’ car left the roadway.


  1. Where her car went off has been an ‘accident waiting to happen’ for years, very sorry to say.

    There have been two signs at the edge of the road to show that it is close to the edge. But, if you follow a straight line from one to the other you would be off the road. There has always needed to be a 3rd sign in the middle.
    We happened to be driving by on Friday as a group of people were gathered there.

    Most likely, IMO, this is an accident that should have been prevented. People that KNOW that road know it is a very dangerous spot.

    What a tragedy! My heart goes out to the friends and family of this young woman.

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