Woman killed by boulder while hiking near Great Salt Lake identified as SLC resident

A Utah woman who died Saturday after she fell off a boulder while hiking near the Great Salt Lake and the rock rolled and crushed her has been identified as 37-year-old Salt Lake City resident Sarah Knight, according to FOX 13.

When Tooele County Sheriff’s Office deputies first got a call from Knight’s hiking partners — her husband and a friend — the callers thought she still had a pulse. That was just before 3 p.m., Tooele County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Travis Scharmann said.

Once the search-and-rescue crew hiked through the snow about a half-mile “straight up a mountain,” the crew declared Knight dead. Scharmann said the trio of hikers was finishing their outing Saturday afternoon and descended into a rocky area, where the woman stepped on a large boulder. The boulder shifted, and she fell forward, and the rock then rolled on top of her. Officials believe she was killed instantly.

The group was about a mile from the trailhead.

Crews got King’s body off the mountain at 7:30 p.m. and sent it to the state medical examiner’s office to determine her official cause of death, Scharmann said.

A GoFundMe page posted Monday seeking money to help Knight’s family with expenses associated with her death describes her as a hard worker and selfless friend. The campaign had already generated nearly $14,000 as of Wednesday evening — nearly three times as much as the original fundraising goal.

See more at FOX 13.

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- Salt Lake Tribune reporter Taylor Stevens contributed to this report.