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Canada woman dies crossing I-15

A 61-year-old woman from Hinton, Alberta, Canada, died yesterday after attempting to cross southbound I-15 in Willard.

According to a release from the Utah Highway Patrol, Patricia Prokopetz and her husband were heading north on I-15 when they stopped in the emergency lane so her husband could check his blood sugar levels as a diabetic shortly before 2:30 p.m. Prokopetz got out of her car, ran across both northbound lanes, through the median and across both southbound lanes because she wanted to take a photo.

When she attempted to cross back over the southbound lanes of the Interstate, she stopped on the side and waited for a semi truck that was driving in the slow lane to pass. When the semi passed, she ran out into the road and was hit by a white Dodge Caravan that was traveling in the fast lane. The driver of the van didn’t have time to react as his vision of the woman was blocked by the semi, just as her vision of the van had also been blocked.

EMTs and a nurse who had stopped at the scene administered first aid to Prokopetz until she was airlifted to Ogden Regional Hospital. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

I-15 was closed at exit 357 for approximately 1 1/2 hours while UHP troopers cleared the scene and investigated the crash. No charges or citations were issued.


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