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1 killed, 5 injured when truck jumps curb and hits Starbucks patrons

Police believe some kind of medical episode caused the crash

MILLCREEK — Police believe a medical issue caused the driver of a truck to jump a curb Friday and crash into patrons outside a Starbucks in Millcreek, killing a woman and injuring several others.

The crash pinned the driver, who was among three who were critically injured. His two children in the car, a 6-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter, sustained minor injuries, said Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera.

Joslyn Spilsbury, 48, was killed Friday, June 8, 2018, when a truck plowed into a table outside a Starbucks in Millcreek, authorities said. Five others were injured, including the truck's driver, whom police believe had a medical episode that led to the c
Joslyn Spilsbury, 48, was killed Friday, June 8, 2018, when a truck plowed into a table outside a Starbucks in Millcreek, authorities said. Five others were injured, including the truck's driver, whom police believe had a medical episode that led to the crash.
Unified police

Police identified the woman who died as Joslyn Nicole Spilsbury, 48, of Salt Lake City. She had been sitting at the outdoor table at the coffee shop, 4744 S. Highland Drive, when she was hit, Rivera said.

"For some reason, he jumped the curb and hit some people who were having coffee outside the Starbucks," the sheriff said.

Police did not provide details about the suspected medical episode. The driver was identified only as a 34-year-old man from Oakley, Summit County, who was driving a vehicle with Montana plates that belongs to the company he works for.

The driver plowed into the table at a high rate of speed about 9:15 a.m., traveling west from an alley near a Subway sandwich shop across the street, Rivera said. Exactly how fast the truck was traveling wasn't immediately known.

Unified firefighters worked for some time to extricate the pinned driver.

Authorities investigate an incident in which one person was killed and five injured when a truck crashed into a Starbucks in Millcreek on Friday, June 8, 2018.
One person was killed and four injured when a truck crashed into a Starbucks at 4744 S. Highland Drive in Millcreek on Friday, June 8, 2018.
James Wooldridge, Deseret News
Authorities investigate an incident in which one person was killed and five injured when a truck crashed into a Starbucks in Millcreek on Friday, June 8, 2018.
One person was killed and four injured when a truck crashed into a Starbucks at 4744 S. Highland Drive in Millcreek on Friday, June 8, 2018.
James Wooldridge, Deseret News
Authorities work at the scene of a Starbucks in Millcreek where police say a vehicle crashed into the building, killing one and injuring five on Friday, June 8, 2018.
Authorities work at the scene of a Starbucks in Millcreek where police say a vehicle crashed into the building, killing one and injuring five on Friday, June 8, 2018.
Sean Estes, Deseret News

The sheriff said she had no information to indicate that the crash was intentional.

Three people were at the tables at the time of the crash, Rivera said, adding that there were "lots of witnesses."

"These are traumatizing scenes to be involved in," she said. "I'm sure they're going through trauma themselves."

Bryce Bird, a neighbor of Spilsbury, described his shock upon learning that his neighbor had died.

"I actually thought it was someone else I knew that always sat at that table, and I came and walked up five minutes ago and found out it was Joslyn," Bird said on Friday.

"She had a really cute little girl, like 2-years-old, 3-year-old," he said. "It's tragic."

Another neighbor, Del Alberico, described Spilsbury as "always pleasant" and "sunflower-bright."

"She had a tender soul. Very sensitive," he said, adding that Friday was a difficult day.

Detectives do not believe the vehicle struck any other cars or people before it jumped the curb, Rivera said. She did not know whether the truck rolled before or after it struck the patrons.

The smashed silver truck could be seen resting on its side at the curb outside the coffee shop, surrounded by debris in the road. The base of a support pole outside the store also was torn away and crumbled.

The Starbucks and a Sports Clips next door were closed because the building was determined to be structurally unsafe, Rivera said. Sports Clips officials said late Friday that the business will be closed until Monday.

Crews were putting up supports at the coffee shop so investigators could remain at the scene.

Investigators were planning to speak with the driver at the hospital, she said. He was conscious at the time he was transported. Investigators have not released his identity or nor any information about the others who were injured.

When the sheriff arrived at the scene, she said two people had the children from the truck on their laps and were seeking to comfort them with stuffed animals before their mother arrived and took them to the hospital. One of the children eventually was admitted to Primary Children's Hospital, Rivera said.

The Starbucks is located inside the Cottonwood Square strip mall near the Millcreek-Holladay boundary. Investigators were trying to gather surveillance video to piece together other details.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Unified police at 801-743-7000.

Contributing: Ashley Imlay, Andrew Adams