DUI suspected in Sevier County wrong-way crash that killed one child, injured another

The mother is in police custody while Utah Highway Patrol continues to investigate.

One child was killed, another was critically injured, and their mother was in custody after a wrong-way crash on Interstate 70 in Sevier County early Sunday morning.

The woman was “extremely intoxicated,” according to the Utah Department of Public Safety, while driving a Cadillac SUV the wrong way on I-70 near milepost 35, when she hit a semitruck. The Cadillac hit the right front of the semi, slid down the side of the truck and dislodged the rear axles, according to a DPS statement. The Cadillac was thrown off the right side of the interstate, and the two children, both of whom were wearing seatbelts, were thrown from the vehicle.

An 11-year-old child died at the scene. The other child, 9, was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in extremely critical condition.

The mother suffered minor injuries.

The Utah Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, and “charges are forthcoming,” according to the DPS statement.

Later on Sunday morning, a man was hit and killed on northbound I-15 near Woods Cross High School, DPS said. Around 6:45 a.m., the man ran onto the freeway and was hit by a semitruck and “several other vehicles,” according to a statement.

“There are no abandoned vehicles in the area and it is unknown why he was on the freeway,” the DPS statement said.