The Utah Highway Patrol said cellphone use, alcohol and speed were all involved in a crash Tuesday that claimed the life of a Logan man who was traveling through Sardine Canyon near Mantua.
Lt. Lee Perry said the driver of the tan 2003 Mercury Sable, 26-year-old Broc Riley, was killed on impact.
“It appears the driver had been drinking and there was alcohol found on the scene,” he said. “We also have evidence that the driver was manipulating his cellphone prior to the crash.”
Witnesses told investigators that Riley was southbound on U.S. Highway 89/91 just above Mantua, traveling approximately 90 to 100 miles per hour in the slow lane, fast approaching two vehicles in the fast lane.
A woman in one of those vehicles said she had just moved into the slow lane when she saw him coming, and before she could move back to the left, he swerved in between her and the other car.
Riley’s car slammed into the concrete barrier and was launched across both southbound lanes, in front of the woman’s car and off the shoulder where it jumped a large ditch and crashed into the mountainside, Perry said.
The force of the impact caused the engine and the transmission of the car to separate from the body of the car.
Although Riley was wearing a seat belt, he was partially ejected and died at the scene. Perry said it appears Riley either wasn’t using the restraint properly or he slipped out of the shoulder belt during the crash.