Driver dies after being ejected from car in rollover

A Toyota Camry sits in the brush after its driver was ejected and killed when the car rolled off of state Route 40, Utah, May 5, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A North Ogden man is dead after being ejected from the car he was driving when it rolled down an embankment Friday evening.

Utah Highway Patrol responded to the incident involving a Toyota Camry at mile marker 49 on state Route 40 at approximately 7:50 p.m.

A Toyota Camry sits in the brush after its driver was ejected and killed when the car rolled off of state Route 40, Utah, May 5, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

The driver, Joseph Martin, 33, was the only person in the car.

For an unknown reason, the car veered off the road to the right and down a steep embankment before it rolled several times. Martin was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car, according to a news release by Utah Highway Patrol.

Martin suffered serious injuries and died at the scene of the crash.

Authorities are investigating alcohol or another type of impairment as a possible factor in the crash.

Three men died in a similar event last Saturday when they were ejected from a rolled vehicle on state Route 18. The sole survivor of that crash suffered minor injuries and was the only occupant wearing a seat belt.

Read more: 3 men are killed in fatal SR-18 crash

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and witnesses and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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7 Comments

  • DRT May 7, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Where is State Route 40?

  • mmsandie May 8, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Once again not wearing a seat belt,, when are people going to learn..speed alcohol, drugs help too.. At least he was alone and made the choice..

  • Have3bratz May 8, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I’m curious how they know for a fact a person wasn’t wearing their seatbelt??? I mean it could’ve come undone or yes he just may not have been wearing his☹… My sister was in a really bad accident and her car rolled like 8 times and everytime she was partially ejected out the driver side window… I almost think in some cases the force being put on the seatbelt could very well make it come undone… We’ve also had several cars that have issuses with seatbelts not latching correctly when we have heard them click… And that is scary to put it on and think it’s latched and shift your body and it comes undone!!! Especially when its your kids!!!

  • theone May 8, 2017 at 11:42 am

    People who don’t wear their seat belt are dumb, people who died because of it are not dumb, they’re dead.

  • DRT May 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Again, can anybody tell me where State Route 40 is? All I get from Google is confusion. (That’s not anything unusual though, for me.) 🙁

    • comments May 8, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      maybe its U.S. Route 40 in Utah? idk

  • knobe May 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I was wearing a seat belt in my 1st car accident but it only restrained me at the waist because
    when you pull the upper part to get enough length to put the buckle into the socket ,
    the upper restraint doesn’t latch .

    My car didn’t roll so I can’t say how it would work in terms of ejection but
    I did slam into the steering wheel , No restraint from the belt which was still on .
    If you can lean fully forward After you put the seatbelt on , it won’t stop you from going into the windshield .

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