WASHINGTON CITY – Authorities have released the name of a critically injured man found on southbound Interstate 15 at milepost 13 in Washington City Tuesday.
The Utah Highway Patrol issued a news release Wednesday identifying Edger Perez-Bartlol, 39, of Northfield, Minnesota, as the man who was found injured on the interstate just south of the Washington Parkway interchange.
Witnesses told UHP they saw the passenger-side door of a minivan open and a man apparently lunge out from inside. The man, later identified as Perez-Bartlol, experienced severe head trauma after hitting the roadway and was listed in critical condition by emergency responders at the scene.
Witnesses also said the driver of the minivan stopped briefly on the left side of the freeway and then quickly left the scene, according to the news release.
Reports of the incident began to reach UHP around 10:50 a.m.
Perez-Bartlol was not hit by any vehicles while in the roadway due to other motorists stopping and rendering aid.
“The traffic stopped and protected him and good citizens stepped in and actually rendered aid and called us,” UHP Sgt. Jake Hicks said. “A lot of good folks stopped to help out.”
Perez-Bartlol was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, where he remains in “very critical condition,” Hicks said.
Agents with the State Bureau of Investigation joined UHP in its investigation of the incident, which ultimately led to the minivan involved being found in California.
The driver of the minivan was identified as Guillermo Arturo Gomez-Reyes, 37, also of Northfield, Minnesota. He returned to meet with investigators in St. George, according to the news release.
“Mr. Reyes and Mr. Bartlol along with a 13-year-old male and a 10-year-old male were en route from Minnesota to California to visit family,” the release said. “During the investigation it was learned that Mr. Perez-Bartlol was having mental heath issues and that his actions last night were self inflicted. The investigation is still ongoing Reyes is fully cooperating with our investigation at this time.”
Potential criminal charges will be screened by the prosecutor’s office.
The lane in which Perez-Bartlol was found was shut down for under an hour Tuesday as the man and scene were tended to. The ramp from the Washington Parkway interchange leading down to southbound I-15 was also blocked off during that time.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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