WASHINGTON COUNTY — An 18-year-old man is dead after rolling a Mustang convertible Sunday night on state Route 9 near Virgin.
Just after 11 p.m., Kamen King Kanosh, 18, of LaVerkin, was driving a white 2012 Mustang convertible, traveling west on SR-9 just past 50 South in Virgin, according to a media statement issued by the Utah Highway Patrol.
One of Kanosh’s co-workers was driving a vehicle immediately in front of the Mustang when the two drivers came upon a blind curve where the roadway is marked with double yellow stripes indicating a no-passing zone, UHP troopers said.
Despite the area being a no-passing zone, Kanosh passed his co-worker on the blind curve, according to the Highway Patrol.
As Kanosh was making the pass, an oncoming vehicle traveling east in the same location forced Kanosh to swerve to the right to avoid a head-on collision, authorities said. Kanosh then overcorrected the Mustang back to the left, subsequently causing the Mustang to overturn off the shoulder of the eastbound lane.
Kanosh was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, troopers said, but sustained head trauma when the Mustang overturned due to the fact that the vehicle was a convertible.
Life Flight was launched to respond to the scene but was canceled before landing as Kanosh was pronounced dead at the scene.
Speed is listed as a contributing factor in the crash, with witnesses estimating a speed of 90-plus miles per hour, the Utah High Patrol said in the statement, adding that authorities are looking into possible impairment as a factor in the crash as well.
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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