A vehicle went off the overpass at 1100 South and I-15 on Monday morning, taking the life of a Brigham City woman and injuring a passenger. (Utah Highway Patrol photo)
May 20, 2019 • Nelson Phillips • Staff Writer
A Brigham City woman has died, and her passenger is being hospitalized, after her car ran off a freeway overpass.
According to Lieutenant Lee Perry of the Utah Highway Patrol, at 11:13 a.m. on Monday the woman was driving westbound on 1100 South in Brigham City. She was approaching the freeway overpass when she somehow lost control of her vehicle.
“Just after entering the diverging diamond intersection over I-15 the vehicle left the roadway to the left and crossed over the northbound off ramp from I-15 at a high rate of speed,” said Perry. “After crossing the off ramp the vehicle went airborne off the overpass embankment for approximately 100 feet. The vehicle landed into a ditch then flipped over and came to rest on its top.”
The vehicle, a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche, sustained extensive damage to the front-end, buckling the frame.
The driver, identified as 29-year-old Sammi Jo Revilla-Fernandez, suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, Niceforo Revilla, 34, also of Brigham City, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to Brigham City Community Hospital. Both occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
The accident is still being investigated, but Perry said excessive speed was a factor. Investigators are also looking into whether Revilla-Fernandez suffered some sort of medical episode that led to the crash.
Traffic was affected for approximately three hours as the accident was investigated and the scene cleared.
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