Weekend Wrecks Claim Five Lives
Monday, December 2, 2002


BY MATT CANHAM
THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

Car wrecks claimed the lives of five people during the holiday weekend, four in single-car rollover accidents.
A 68-year-old man from the Ogden area died Sunday on Interstate 80 near Delle when he drove his Dodge Stealth off the road and rolled several times around 11 a.m. Excessive speed played a factor but the exact cause of the accident had yet to be determined, said Doug McCleve of the Utah Highway Patrol.
The man's name was not released pending notification of his family.
A similar accident killed a 24-year-old woman a day earlier, within 10 miles of Sunday's crash site. Stacey Latrice Ousley died Saturday when the Nissan Stanza she was a passenger in rolled five times around 8:30 a.m. on Interstate 80. The 22-year-old driver suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to LDS Hospital. The car drifted to the left and the driver overcorrected, leading to the rollover.
Accidents in this barren stretch of Utah's west desert can usually be associated with three main factors -- alcohol, speed and fatigue, McCleve said.
Troopers believe fatigue was the main cause of a single-car rollover that claimed a 17-year-old California girl and her father Saturday on Interstate 70 near Green River.
Dominique McNeil and Daryl McNeil, 35, died about 4:50 a.m. Troopers say their preliminary investigation leads them to believe that Dominique McNeil fell asleep while driving the 2003 Ford Escape and drifted left before rolling several time through the median. The girl's 6-month-old daughter was in a car seat and survived with minor injuries. The family was returning to California from Nebraska.
A 22-year-old Payson man died Thanksgiving morning in a head-on crash on U.S. 6 about seven miles south of Eureka. Kurt Marvin was driving north about 12:10 a.m. Thursday when he drifted over the center line and collided with another vehicle. Marvin was not wearing his seat belt.
The five deaths are more than those reported during the 2000 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the most current statistic available from the Highway Patrol. In 2000, two died in car accidents. In 1999, three died. The most deadly holiday weekend in the past four years was Thanksgiving 1998 when 10 died in car accidents.
"Unfortunately, it seems like almost every holiday weekend we are reporting some fatalities on Utah roadways," McCleve said.
More people die in car accidents over holiday weekends than over the average weekend because of the increase in travelers. The AAA estimated 243,000 Utahns traveled at least 50 miles by car this weekend.
Two others died in car accidents Wednesday.
Allen Creviston, 50 from Provo, died when he attempted to make a left-hand turn on U.S. 89 and was hit by oncoming traffic at 1200 North in Mapleton at 3 p.m. An 82-year-old man died when he was hit by a passenger car as he tried to cross the street at about 6 p.m. on 500 South near 1200 East in Salt Lake City. Police have not released his name because the man's next of kin have not been notified.