University of Utah student killed in Nevada crash

Aug 22, 2022, 3:15 PM | Updated: 3:30 pm
(The University of Utah - Department of Communication)...
(The University of Utah - Department of Communication)
(The University of Utah - Department of Communication)

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. — A University of Utah student was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash near Winnemucca, Nevada, earlier this month.

The incident happened on Interstate 80, near state mile marker 186, at approximately 1:42 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

“Preliminary investigation determined that a gray Toyota 4runner SUV was traveling westbound on Interstate 80 in the left travel lane. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Toyota drove off the left side of the road into the center media. The driver overcorrected to the right causing the vehicle to overturn as it traveled back across the Interstate,” read a Friday afternoon press release from Nevada State Police.

The passenger — identified as 23-year-old Maggie Bringhurst of Logan, Utah, a student at the University of Utah — died on scene as a result of her injuries.

According to information from the university, Bringhurst was traveling between Utah and California when the crash occurred.

“Maggie was a Communication Major focusing on journalism. She was a talented writer for the Daily Utah Chronicle where she spent two years writing for the Opinion Desk, and she also worked with View From the U as a writer,” read a post on the university’s website.

A visitation was held Friday, Aug. 12, from 6-8 p.m. at 6050 Chapel Drive in Highland, Utah, with funeral services beginning the next day at 9:45 a.m.

Bringhurst died as a result of the crash, but the driver of the Toyota was evaluated on scene and reported to be uninjured, according to the release.

Police said impairment is suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash, or has information regarding it, has been asked to call Sgt. Mitch Payne of the NHP Elko Office at 775-753-1111.

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University of Utah student killed in Nevada crash