Salt Lake City police identify victim killed in Friday night crash

Feb 9, 2024, 10:48 PM | Updated: Feb 13, 2024, 7:51 am

Medical Helicopter near 100 South 5600 West...

Medical helicopter on scene at 120 South 5600 West in Salt Lake City. (Salt Lake City Police Department)

(Salt Lake City Police Department)

SALT LAKE CITY — One person is dead, and two others have critical but non-life-threatening injuries following a wrong-way crash at 120 S. 5600 West in Salt Lake City.

The crash occurred in the industrial part of the Poplar Grove neighborhood just after 9:30 p.m. Friday. A medical helicopter was called to the scene and 5600 West was closed from Interstate 80 to 150 South.

On Saturday, police identified the person killed as 19-year-old Wilber Cardenas, who was the driver of a silver Infiniti.

Salt Lake City Police investigate a deadly high-speed crash involving two cars on 5600 West near 120 South on Feb. 9, 2024. (SLCPD photo)

As first responders arrived on scene, they found the silver Infiniti on its top, and a red Kia with major front-end damage according to a news release from the Salt Lake City Police Department.

The release states the driver of the Kia and a passenger in the Infiniti were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. However, the driver of the Infiniti died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

Through their investigation, police determined Cardenas was driving north in the southbound lanes of travel as it approached the Kia. They said Cardenas swerved before the crash, which may have caused the Kia to hit the Infiniti.

Police said alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

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Salt Lake City police identify victim killed in Friday night crash