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Crash kills West Jordan pair

SUV slides out of control on snowy I-215

Salt Lake County emergency crews work to remove the victims of the crash on I-215, near 3500 South.
Salt Lake County emergency crews work to remove the victims of the crash on I-215, near 3500 South.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret Morning News

A West Jordan couple was killed Saturday afternoon in a crash along a snowy stretch of I-215 on Salt Lake County's eastern bench.

Killed were:

Nathan Demars, 26, and Alicia Demars, 23.

The couple were heading north near 3300 South when their SUV swerved out of control on the slick, snowy road. The SUV crossed through the V-shaped median and ended up sideways in the southbound lanes with its front end pointed back toward the northern lanes. At that moment it was hit broadside by a southbound vehicle.

The SUV was propelled over the top of the other vehicle, doing a three-quarter flip before crashing to the pavement. The accident occurred at 3 p.m.

The man driving the southbound vehicle was injured and taken by ambulance to University Hospital with serious injuries, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Phil Waters said.

The couple were dead when police and rescue crews arrived.

"The snow was a contributing factor to the accident," Waters said.

After finding a military identification badge on Nathan Demars, troopers originally believed he was a member of the Army or Air National Guard. However, Army National Guard spokeswoman Lorraine Januzelli said the man's military ID had expired.

Troopers said all three victims were wearing their seat belts. Waters said it was too early to tell if excessive speed contributed to the accident.

The crash spread debris across the freeway, and Highway Patrol troopers shut down the southbound lanes of I-215 for more than two hours to clear the vehicles.

The snow was heavy and wet at the time.


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