An Eagle Mountain woman driving east on SR-73, and a 15 year old Eagle Mountain girl driving west, were both killed when their cars collided head on.
***UPDATE*** On August 22, 2014, investigators with the Utah County Sheriff's Office received toxicology results for Jennifer Ashley Taft, the sole occupant and driver of one of the cars in a crash on July 24 in Eagle Mountain. In that crash Taft died. Also killed in the crash was 15 year old Katherine Hancock of Eagle Mountain. Toxicology results showed Taft had a blood alcohol level of .15, nearly twice the legal limit. A blood alcohol content of .08 is the limit in Utah where a driver is considered legally impaired.
On July 24, 2014, at about 1:36 PM, dispatchers with Utah Valley Dispatch Special Service District received a call reporting a head on crash in Eagle Mountain. The crash occurred on SR-73 at mile marker 31. A gold Ford Fusion was driving east with one occupant. A white Chevrolet Cruze was driving west with four occupants. Investigators report that witness saw the east bound car drift left over the center line. The driver of the west bound car was unable to avoid a collision. Both cars were demolished in the collision.
The front seat passenger in the white Chevrolet was killed on impact. She, and the other three occupants of her vehicle were all wearing seat belts. The driver was the father of the girl who died. Also in the car were the victim's 10 and 7 year old brothers.
The driver of the Ford Fusion was in extremely critical condition. Investigators did not know if she was wearing a seat belt, but she was not ejected from her car. Unified Fire Authority, Saratoga Springs Fire Department, and Cedar Fort Fire Department all responded to assist. Medical personnel treated this victim with CPR and LifeFlight responded and transported her to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (UVRMC) in Provo. After being treated at UVRMC in Provo this driver was pronounced dead.
Deputies investigating the crash found an open container of alcohol in the Ford Fusion. They are investigating to determine if alcohol might have been a factor in this crash.
The passenger in the west bound Chevrolet Cruze who died was Katherine "Katie" Hancock, age 15, of Eagle Mountain. The driver and sole occupant of the Ford Fusion was Jennifer Ashley Taft Bailey, age 28, also of Eagle Mountain. The bodies of both victims will be taken to the Office of Medical Examiner. The father and two brothers in the Cruze were taken by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray in serious but non-life threatening condition.
*** UPDATE *** Jennifer Ashley Taft Bailey, the sole occupant and driver of the east bound vehicle, WAS wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Jennifer died after being flown to UVRMC in Provo.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO