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Elderly driver killed after vehicle plummets 100 feet off road at Point of the Mountain

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The burned wreckage of a vehicle sits in a field below a frontage road near Point of the Mountain in unincorporated Utah County on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. One person was killed after the vehicle left the road at a high rate of speed, according to Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

DRAPER — An 81-year-old man was killed after plummeting over 100 feet off a frontage road along the Point the Mountain on Friday.

Just after 9:30 a.m., a man was traveling south on the East Frontage Road near the gravel pit. For an unknown reason, the man was traveling an estimated 70 mph to 80 mph on the road which has a speed limit of 40 mph, said Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

It was not known Friday if the man was possibly suffering from a medical condition at that time, he said.

Near the gravel pit, where the road curves, Cannon said the man essentially drove straight over the edge, and went 100 feet down and 200 feet out before hitting the ground, at which time the vehicle dropped another 15 feet, rolled and caught fire.

The driver was ejected before the vehicle caught fire, Cannon said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the man, who was from Utah County, was expected to be released Saturday.