Lt Lee Perry of the Utah Highway Patrol said 54-year-old Albert M. Arzaga of Chulla Vista, Calif., was a back seat passenger in a silver 2013 Chrysler Town and Country mini van traveling west, just past Snowville about 6:15, when the driver , Darryl C. Willaman, 50, of Greenville, S. C., apparently took his eyes of the road. The vehicle drifted toward the median and the driver overcorrected to the right, causing the van to spin sideways across both lanes. It went off the right shoulder between the interstate and the westbound onramp, into the grass and dirt and ended up hitting a cement drainage area. The vehicle then rolled one and a half times, coming to rest on its rooftop facing east.
During the roll, the victim was ejected and apparently died instantly, although medical personnel on the scene attempted lifesaving measures. Another passenger, 28-year-old Joseph M. Nelson of Salt Lake City, suffered critical head and upper body injuries and was flown by air ambulance to Ogden Regional Hospital.
The driver, two adult females, both of Salt Lake City, and two children, 4 and 2 years old, were all taken to Bear River Valley Hospital by ground ambulance. The four-year-old, a female, was then transported by Life Flight to Primary Children’s Hospital with a severe head injury. The other four occupants suffered less serious injuries and were treated and released.
Perry said seat belts and car seats prevented further injury in the crash, although the man killed was not wearing his seatbelt.