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Texas Man to Stand Trial for Fatal Utah Collision

Destiny Baker3 years ago

A Texas man is set to stand trial in Utah in connection to a car crash that left three people dead.

About the Fatal Utah Car Crash

“What he was doing was reckless and he should have recognized his behavior was out of line.” – San Juan County Attorney Craig Halls as published by the Salt Lake Tribune

  • According to the Salt Lake Tribune, David Lewis, 28, was traveling along southbound State Road 191 south of Moab, Utah on August 16 when he was involved in a fatal head-on collision.
  • Lewis had attempted to pass an 18-wheeler when he collided with an oncoming Hyundai. Lewis’s Nissan Maxima then struck a Cadillac DTS.
  • Lewis’ front passenger, Juan Vidales, 54, was killed on impact while his rear passengers, 28-year-old Stephanie Vidales and 10-year-old Lillian Vidales,  were ejected from the vehicle – Ms. Vidales died from her injuries while the child was rushed to Juan Hospital in Monticello.
  • 69-year-old Arthur Loewen, the front passenger of the Cadillac was also killed on impact according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
  • Lewis now faces three counts of manslaughter and 15 years in prison if sentenced. A two-day trial has been set to begin July 30.

Fatal Auto Accident Statistics

  • According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 34,080 people lost their live in auto accidents across the U.S. – a 5.3 percent increase from 2011.
  • Texas Department of Transportation data shows that Texas also recorded a sharp increase in the number of traffic fatalities recorded in 2012 with a reported 3,399 deaths attributed to car crashes – up 10.82 percent from 2011. Another 87,087 people were seriously injured.
  • Of the fatalities recorded, 467 were motorcyclist, 481 were pedestrians and 56 were cyclist.
  • Based on this data, it is estimated that Texas records:

    • 1 traffic fatality every 2 hours.
    • 1 serious injury every 2 minutes and 17 seconds.
    • 1 reportable traffic collision every 75 seconds.
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