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One woman dead, another suffers life-threatening injuries after suspected drunk driver crashes during police chase

Witnesses reported the driver was passing a bottle of whiskey back and forth with a passenger.

(Salt Lake City police) Police from North Salt Lake and Salt Lake City respond to a crash at 1200 West and 500 North on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.

A suspected drunk driver crashed into a vehicle after attempting to evade police in the Salt Lake area, resulting in the death of one woman and sending another to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police reported Saturday.

The North Salt Lake Police Department received a report of two men passing a bottle of whiskey back and forth while driving in a Ford F-250 around noon, officials said. Officers located the truck on U.S. 89 and initiated a pursuit.

The truck drove on Interstate 15 and then exited into the Salt Lake area before colliding head-on with a smaller car near 1200 West and 500 North in Rose Park.

One of the two women who were in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to officials.

The Salt Lake City Police Department‘s Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team is conducting an investigation of the crash, though the department clarified that none of its officers were involved in the pursuit. Roads near the area of the crash remain closed.

The two men in the truck were transported to an area hospital, but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

The victims’ names have not been released, pending notification of their families.

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