WEST JORDAN (News4Utah) – Friends and family are remembering Samantha Sanchez and Paul Durocher after they were killed by a drunk driver going the wrong way on I-15 southbound near Woods Cross Friday morning.
Sgt. Nick Street with the Utah Highway Patrol said using an investigation process called TRACE, investigators determined Kristina Colindres, the drunk driver who hit Sanchez’s vehicle had been to a place where she consumed alcohol before getting behind the wheel.
“It’s an extremely unfortunate incident, especially how we’re winding down on our 100 deadly days of summer. For something of this magnitude to happen at the end of it is extremely unfortunate because alcohol may have played a factor in this accident,” said Trooper Michael Gordon with Utah Highway Patrol.
In a statement to News4Utah, Sanchez’s brother, Shawn said:
“Samantha was a vibrant soul. She was always there to help others. She worked as a 911 dispatch for 2 to 3 years at Valley Emergency Communications Center. She called all the officers her ‘family away from home.’ Her life was cut short yesterday as she was called home to heaven for a much bigger task. We love our baby girl and will miss her deeply.”
Her family has set up a GoFundMe to help with unexpected funeral costs. To donate, click here.
Sanchez’s friends will hold a candlelight vigil in her honor on September 8th from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.