Troopers: Weather, No Seatbelt Were Factors In Fatal I-15 Rollover

Feb 17, 2021, 4:26 PM | Updated: 11:32 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A woman has died after she was ejected from an SUV and fell 30 feet from a Salt Lake City ramp, according to Lt. Nick Street with the Utah Highway Patrol.

Street said a Mercedes-Benz SUV with four occupants was traveling northbound on I-15 at 500 South Wednesday.

Troopers said the SUV merged from the far left lane on I-15 and attempted to exit onto the I-80 westbound connecting ramp.

“They cut across multiple lanes of travel at a high rate of speed, hit a patch of ice and slush and the vehicle rolled,” UHP trooper Mikki Vargas said.

As the vehicle rolled, the female driver was ejected through the sunroof and “over the freeway barrier off the structure,” Street said.

Troopers said she was not wearing a seatbelt, and she fell an estimated 30 feet from the raised freeway structure.

“Because she chose to not wear her seatbelt today, she was ejected out of the sunroof,” Vargas said.

Street said possible “poor decisions” made by the driver “were further compounded by weather” conditions.

A male passenger and two children who were in car seats did not suffer any serious injuries but they were taken to an area hospital to be evaluated.

“Luckily the kids were properly secured in the vehicle and the passenger was wearing a seatbelt,” Vargas said.

Street said the crash was initially considered fatal but the driver showed some signs of life and was hospitalized in critical condition. However, he confirmed the driver died Wednesday afternoon.

The ramp was closed through Wednesday evening as crews investigated the crash.

Statewide, troopers responded to over 200 crashes Wednesday.

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Troopers: Weather, No Seatbelt Were Factors In Fatal I-15 Rollover