Crash leaves one man dead, another behind bars for reasons unrelated to collision

Nov 30, 2021, 8:14 PM | Updated: Dec 1, 2021, 8:11 am

A deadly crash in Summit County over the weekend left one man dead and landed another behind bars on charges that had nothing to do with the crash, Utah Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

UHP Sgt. Cameron Roden said the “odd series of events” started just after 9 a.m. on Saturday when the driver of a black BMW heading north on state Route 224 crashed into a Honda Crosstour at the Ute Boulevard intersection.

The collision sent the BMW onto the median where it hit a man, Chad Daines, 58, from Phoenix, Arizona. The car then continued over the divider into oncoming southbound traffic where it crashed again, this time into a white Hyundai Tucson.

Roden said the driver of the Hyundai then got out of his car and took off on foot, leaving behind a bundle of evidence that would soon send him to jail.

“Over 200 pounds of marijuana was seized from the vehicle,” Roden said. “So yeah, pretty significant seizure.”

As the Hyundai driver made a run for it, medics raced to the scene and transported Daines to the hospital in critical condition. On Monday, doctors pronounced him dead. Roden said Daines had been standing on the median panhandling.

“It’s very tragic,” he said.

The 48-year-old Hyundai driver was arrested after he showed up at the tow yard to pick up his car.

“He knew that drugs were in the vehicle and he knew that he would get in trouble with law enforcement so that’s why he fled the scene.”

Roden said the BMW driver was not facing any charges or citations at this point but that investigators are looking into whether the driver ran a red light, setting off the chain reaction. None of the drivers or passengers was seriously injured.

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