Teen dies in crash while on the way to spend holidays in Utah

Debris is scattered along the shoulder of I-215 southbound after a rollover kills a 19-year-old Oregon teen Saturday morning, Salt Lake County, Utah, Dec. 23, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A teen traveling with his family from Oregon to Utah to visit relatives for the holidays was killed in a crash on Interstate 215 near Taylorsville Saturday morning.

2004 Dodge Durango after rollover on I-215 that kills an Oregon teen Saturday morning, Salt Lake County, Utah, Dec. 23, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

The crash happened shortly after 8 a.m. when a family of five from Westfir, Oregon, were heading south on I-215 to Cottonwood Heights in a 2004 Dodge Durango, according to a statement released by the Utah Highway Patrol Saturday.

Investigators said they believe the driver, identified as the mother of the family, fell asleep at the wheel of the SUV and went straight through a curve in the roadway near 5800 South.

The driver then overcorrected, sending the SUV off of the right side of the roadway before it hit a sign and rolled into a concrete sound wall.

The right rear section of the SUV was most heavily impacted, the statement said, which is where 19-year-old Cage Patterson was seated when the SUV struck the wall.

He died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

The teen’s two parents and two brothers also suffered minor injuries in the crash and were transported to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray to be treated for their injuries. All occupants were wearing seat belts.

At this time, speed, impairment and weather do not appear to be factors in the crash, according to UHP.

This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • ladybugavenger December 23, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Oh my that is heartbreaking. Those pictures are devastating. That bear reminds us there were children in that vehicle.

    My heart breaks for that family

  • knobe December 23, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Looking at how demolished the vehicle is , I am surprised anyone survived .
    I’ve seen ones crushed but never with so many parts missing ,
    almost as if everything was held together with plastic screws which busted on impact .

  • old school December 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Made a trip from St George to Layton myself today. Couldn’t believe all the inconsiderate … drivers on the road, some of then had to be doing 100 mph, tailgatingn brake checking, the usual road rage crap.You’d think on Christmas eve people would take a break from themselves and extend a little warmth and kindness to those around them, but no, to the “me generation” it’s just another day. That Marine Corp General is right, a wars coming. Ed: ellipsis

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