A man was killed and a woman injured Tuesday on the eastbound I-80 near Parleys Canyon Summit.
The man, Tyler Matthew Bowcutt, 32, of Tremonton, was driving a Mazda MX-3 sports car at suspected excessive speeds when he slammed into the back of a Subaru sedan.
After impact Bowcutt veered, overcorrected and then ran off the road through a barbed wire fence, down an embankment and into a telephone poll. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jody Lynn Baker, 46, of Park City, was the driver of the Subaru. After the crash she was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.
As of Wednesday the accident was still under investigation.
According to smartmotorist.com, excessive speed is a factor in one third (30%) of all fatal car crashes, trailing only alcohol (39%), the two of which are quite often partners in crime.
Speeding is a problem because it decreases the amount of time you have to avoid a situation and increases the severity of an accident once it happens. Speeding is not just when you are driving faster than the posted limit. It is also considered ‘speeding’ to be driving to fast for current conditions such as bad weather and increased traffic.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said that with every 10 mile per hour increase in excess of 50 miles per hour, the crash forces on impact double! When crash forces increase, so does the likelihood of being killed or seriously injured in an accident.
Speed limits are set for a reason and disregarding their presence simply puts you and those around you at greater risk of serious injury or death. No destination is worth the life of another person. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a high-speed car accident call the attorneys at Christensen Law Firm to find out what options are available to you. Call us today at 801.506.0800.