LOGAN, Utah — Officials say a stab wound to the chest is behind the single-vehicle crash on Valley View Highway on Friday night and the driver’s death at Logan Regional Hospital a short time later.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry said a 64-year-old Logan man was travelling westbound near D&B Auto behind the wheel of a 2000 Chrysler 300M when he apparently lost consciousness as a result of the wound.

Investigators can't say if the man managed to stab himself before getting in the car or while he was driving. 

"It would be almost impossible to say," Perry said.

The vehicle drifted across the eastbound lane and came to rest in a ditch. The man was unconscious and slumped over the wheel when witnesses and police arrived on scene.

Perry said the door was locked so a Logan police officer broke the rear passenger window of the car to facilitate access to the patient, who was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

It was there that medical professionals discovered the stab wound shortly before the man died from the injury.

According to Perry, troopers examined the crash itself, while officers from the State Bureau of Investigations looked into the apparent stabbing. Based on the knife found inside the man’s car and the autopsy, they concluded the stabbing was a suicide.

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Amy Macavinta is the crime reporter for The Herald Journal. She can be reached at amacavinta@hjnews.com.