Woman killed, husband critically injured in West Valley City crash

Two people were in extremely critical condition after a crash at 4700 South 5600 West in West Valley City on Saturday, Nov. 12. Photo: Gephardt Daily/ Patrick Benedict

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Nov. 12, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A woman has died, and her husband is in extremely critical condition following a three-vehicle crash shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 4700 South and 5600 West.

According to West Valley City Police, a green Honda passenger vehicle traveling south on 5600 West attempted to make a left turn onto eastbound 4700 South when it was T-boned by a Lincoln SUV traveling north on 5600 West.

A news release from West Valley City Police says it appears both vehicles were moving through the intersection on a yellow light at the time of the crash.

WVC Police Lt. Robert Hamilton said the impact pushed both vehicles into a Toyota that was waiting in the right turn lane on 4700 South.

The couple in the Honda, who are husband and wife, were unconscious when fire department personnel extricated them from their vehicle, Hamilton said. They were transported to Jordan Valley Medical Center West, where the woman died a short while later. She has been identified as 55-year-old Maria C. Alvarez, of West Valley City. Her husband remains in critical condition in the hospital.

Hamilton said the passengers in both the Lincoln and Toyota were checked by medical personnel at the scene and no injuries were reported.

Witnesses at the scene said three people were in the Lincoln, a 21-year-old husband, his wife, and their 3-year-old child; and a middle-aged couple was in the Toyota.

According to the news release, initial indications are that everyone involved in the crash was wearing their seat belt. The accident is currently under investigation and will be screened for charges, if appropriate.


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