Family grieves over loss of their father killed on Highway 40

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UPDATE:  The Utah Highway Patrol said they have not identified the bodies of the five others who were killed in the crash.  A spokesman for UHP said DNA testing will have to be done in order to correctly identify the remains of those who were killed

UPDATE:  The family of Efrain Cardenas has set up a Gofundme account to help pay for funeral expenses

UPDATE:  Late Monday afternoon, the Wasatch County attorney charged Jamie Mckenzie with six counts of automobile homicide and two counts of DUI.  He made an initial appearance in court Monday afternoon before returned to the Wasatch County jail.

HEBER, Utah (News4Utah)- Officials are working to identify the remaining five men killed after the truck they were in was hit by a dump truck on Friday. 

It happened near Jordanelle Reservoir on Highway 40.  

Troopers say the men were all traveling together to a work-site along U.S. Hwy 40. The driver of that    pickup has been identified as Efrain O. Cardenas, 62 of Salt Lake City.

His daughter says Cardenas came to the U.S. in pursuit of the American Dream.

“He was always smiling,” said Viridiana Cardenas, the oldest of three siblings.  “He was proud of his kids. He was a good person.”

Investigators say the other five men in the truck with Cardenas are from Honduras. 

Three of them have been identified, but their names are not being released. Victim advocates with the Department of Public Safety are working with the Honduran Consulate to let their families know.

Viridiana Cardenas said the five were all related.  She said three of the men were brothers and the other two were cousins.

“They were hard workers,” said the daughter. “They were good people.  They have families.  They were happy because they were going to send money back to their families.”

The driver of the dump truck has been identified as Jamie Don Mckenzie, 41 officials say. Mckenzie is facing several charges including six counts of automobile homicide and two counts of DUI with serious bodily injuries.

Investigators believe he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crash. According to UHP, once released from the hospital, he was transported to Wasatch County Jail.

“I am furious at that guy,” said Viridiana Cardenas. “I don’t know why he was driving if he was drinking. It was my dad and these guys but it could have been anybody else.”

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