SANDY, Utah (ABC4) – Police have identified the victim of a deadly nine-vehicle crash that shut down roads along State Street in Sandy on Friday.
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) says the crash happened along State Street near 10600 S.
Sandy Police have identified the person who died as Marylee Benavidez, 35, from Sandy.
Officers say the crash happened when Benavidez, who was traveling in a Toyota 4Runner SUV, ran through a red light on State Street. Police say the car was traveling “at an excessive speed” while entering the intersection at 10600 South when it collided with the victim’s truck driving westbound.
Police say the driver of an F150 truck was traveling westbound on 10600 South when the fatal collision happened. Officers say Benavidez’s dog, a German shepherd, also died during the crash.
The high-speed impact pushed the two vehicles into nearby traffic that involved seven stopped cars waiting at a signal light.
Two people were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries while several others were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Police say speed was a factor in the deadly collision, but are also investigating whether drugs or alcohol played a factor.
Earlier in the day, lanes going both directions on State Street between 10000 S and 10600 S were completely blocked to traffic for several hours. All roads have now reopened.