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Pedestrian killed in Capitol Reef crash

First Published      Last Updated Jul 20 2014 12:34 pm

Deer are a common site outside of the Capitol Reef Loop C camp site. Capitol Reef National park in Utah is a popular destination for sight seeing, hiking and camping. One of the sites is the popular camp site located 1 mile from the Visitor's Center adjacent to a fruit orchard. The site features a amphitheater that sits empty due to lack of funding for a cultural resources officer that would handle talks about nature, archeology and history. photo by Danny Chan La 5-22-2006 SL Tribune

A pedestrian died Saturday night when a motorcycle struck him in Capitol Reef National Park.

Christoph Gillette, 35, of Bountiful, was walking east on State Road 24 about 6 miles east of Torrey when a motorcycle, also eastbound struck him from behind, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Lawrence Hopper.

Gillette was wearing a headlamp but was facing away from the motorcyclist, who did not see Gillette in the darkness, Hopper said.

Gillette died at the scene. The motorcyclist, 26, suffered head trauma and other injuries. He was flown to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.



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