SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The 19-year-old killed after colliding with a wrong-way driver has been identified.
Before the Monday night crash, a man, 35-year-old Justin Robertson, allegedly hit a parked police car in Cottonwood Heights. He then took off, traveling in the wrong direction on the transition ramp from southbound I-15 to eastbound 215, when his vehicle collided with two other cars.
The crash injured two – a driver that was treated on scene and a passenger that was transported to a hospital with minor injuries – and killed one: 19-year-old Gwendolyn Doner of Casper, Wyoming. She had been transported by air ambulance in critical condition but passed away due to injuries from the crash.
A public vigil is planned in Doner’s honor at Murray City Park on April 22, 2021, at 8 p.m.
The suspect, Robertson, was arrested on multiple charges following the incident, including driving under the influence and failure to stop. He admitted to using methamphetamine “10 to 30 minutes prior to the crash.”
Robertson, according to court documents, also admitted to planning “the events of the night and had done them on purpose.”
Original Story: Woman in critical condition after colliding with wrong-way driver
MONDAY 4/19/2021 9:41 p.m.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A woman is in critical condition after colliding with a wrong-way driver Monday evening.
According to Lt. Nick Street of the Utah Highway Patrol, the wrong-way driver first hit a parked police car in Cottonwood Heights. He then took off, traveling in the wrong direction on the transition ramp from southbound I-15 to eastbound 215 when it collided with two other cars.
One woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition, as were the driver and the passenger in the second car.
A police search helicopter could also be seen flying over the crash.
Authorities tell ABC4 the driver who allegedly caused the crash is now in custody, but add that they are actively looking for another person who may have been running from the driver’s car.
This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.