One man died and two other men were injured just after midnight Sunday after running a stop sign at the intersection of Valley View Highway and State Road 23 in what the Utah Highway Patrol said was the third alcohol-related crash in the state during Labor Day weekend.
“I’m disappointed,” Lt. Lee Perry said. “This weekend is tough — our troopers have been working extra shifts and still we had three fatalities in the last three days, all related to alcohol.”
According to UHP, Chad F. Scoffield of Brigham City, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Perry said Scoffield was driving southbound in a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer on State Route 23 at 12:49 a.m. when he struck the passenger side of a 2000 Ford 150 truck and went off the roadway to the southwest.
Both vehicles were travelling 50-55 mph at the point of collision, with the Blazer hitting the truck with enough force to displace the undercarriage of the truck, Perry said.
Scoffield was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene when law enforcement arrived. His passenger, 51-year-old Shawn Burgess of Tremonton, sustained broken bones and a number of cuts and was transported to Logan Regional Hospital for treatment.
The driver of the Ford truck — 59-year-old Aaron Hathaway of Petersboro — also received broken bones and cuts as a result of the crash.
Hathaway was wearing a seat belt, but neither of the men in the Blazer were wearing seat belts, Perry said.