Epilepsy community reeling after losing members in rollover crash

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Daggett County, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – There are heavy hearts within the Epilepsy Association of Utah as members grieve the loss of two of their members involved in a rollover crash.

“This was kind of a shock. This was not a great way to start the morning,” said Doug Rice, Vice President of the Epilepsy Association of Utah.

While checking emails this morning, Rice said he found out that his friend Mark Matthews, and his stepdaughter Sage Edson died after their minivan rolled over three times on SR 44 just south of Manila.

The two were wearing their seatbelts but died at the scene.

Mark’s wife Angie and their son Jerimiah, 11, were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. They were ejected from the Chrysler and were taken to a local hospital where they are recovering from their injuries.

Jerimiah has epilepsy and his family is said to be tremendous advocates for epilepsy awareness, research and support. 

“There are some huge holes in our organization that are going to be tough to fill,” Rice said. “I think the whole family, Mark and Sage as well, would want us to just suck it up and carry on because that’s what they do. The just suck it up, brush themselves off and go back after it.”

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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