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Salt Laker, Nevadan die in separate accidents

A West Central City man died after being struck by a car, and a Las Vegas woman was killed in a separate traffic accident Tuesday.

Killed were:Samuel Vey, 72, Salt Lake City.

Sonja E. Zaimah, 42, Las Vegas.

Vey was struck by a car on 900 West and 725 South, not far from his home, during rush hour traffic Tuesday afternoon. His wife had crossed the street moments earlier.

Salt Lake Police Sgt. George Scarlet said Vey was crossing 900 West from west to east at 4:17 p.m. He was 140 feet from a crosswalk and had made it across the southbound lanes when a northbound car in the inside lane stopped for him. A car driven by Balwinder Singh, 20, in the adjacent outside lane struck Vey when he stepped into that lane, Scarlet said. He said the driver never saw Vey.

The impact broke both of Vey's legs and caused other severe injuries. He was taken to LDS Hospital, where he died a short time later, Scarlet said. Police say no citations will be issued.

-- Zaimah was killed Tuesday morning when a vehicle driven by her mother rolled.

The driver, Thelma B. Thomas, 63, for no apparent reason veered from the I-70 eastbound slow lane through the fast lane and into the median, overcorrected and rolled three times, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Warren Nelson.

Nelson said Zaimah was ejected from the car and eventually ended up in the westbound shoulder facing west. She suffered massive chest and head injuries and died at the scene.

Thomas, 63, of Las Vegas, who was wearing her seat belt, was partially ejected from the vehicle. Her left arm and left leg were pinned underneath the upside-down vehicle. She was taken by helicopter to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., where her leg was amputated, he said.

Thomas was listed in critical condition Wednesday, a hospital spokesman said.