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Elwood wreck claims life of Bear River City woman

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
By theleader

A fatal accident Tuesday afternoon at the I-15 overpass in Elwood claimed the life of a Bear River City woman.

According to a release from the Utah Highway Patrol, Virginia Goodrich, 77, was heading north on SR-13 crossing the overpass.  A second car, identified as a Box Elder School District driver’s ed vehicle, had exited the northbound lane of I-15 at the overpass, stopped at the stop sign, and proceeded to attempt a left turn to head south on SR-13.  Goodrich was unable to stop and hit the driver’s ed car on the driver’s side door.

The report indicates that Goodrich was not wearing a seatbelt and was unresponsive at the scene.  She was taken to Bear River Valley Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  The three individuals in the driver’s ed car were all wearing seatbelts and were treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  Charges in the accident are pending an investigation.

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11 Responses to “Elwood wreck claims life of Bear River City woman”

  1. 24karatmom

    Thank you for keeping us updated. I woke up to this news on the radio this morining and went right to your website for more information. Such a tradgey, my prayers are with all involved.

    #9619
  2. Nikki Anderson

    I hate the way the state made this exit and the stop sign at the gas station. My family and I go to Tremonton from Bear River City daily and it never fails someone will pull out in front of us from one or the other or both of these ridiculous corners.
    Drivers need to watch better and not pull out from the exit very slow so they can make the corner to go to the gas station. It’s not just tourists that are doing this. Many times its people we know. I don’t know how the state can change it BUT I do know people need to be more alert on these two corners.
    I feel very bad for the Goodrich’s. Virginia was an awesome person and will be greatly missed. I’m relieved the kids in the other car are ok physically. I hope they can be comforted emotionally.

    PLEASE everyone be more careful on these corners! The 3 seconds you have to wait for traffic to come over the overpass is nothing compared to another tragedy. Remember we are going 55 over the overpass.

    #9622
  3. Tom

    Two comments:

    I go over that overpass every day and 55 mph is too fast – when you are attempting a left turn after exiting the freeway you cannot see a car coming 55. The speed limit should be 45 mph.

    This is a good reminder for all of us to wear a seat belt at all times. While it wouldn’t have prevented this terrible, tragic accident it may have saved a life.

    #9623
  4. Nikki Anderson

    Tom it is too fast and those of us that travel it daily know the hazards. And drive it very cautiously and slow down. But others that don’t drive it daily or know the hazard are going 55 the posted speed limit. Also, we are the ones with the right of way..It is the drivers turning or slowing down to turn into the gas station that need to be responsible and watch better. We have talked about this for years and knew the day would come with regret in our hearts. No family should have to go thru this. Years ago a car pulled out in front of Scott as it was turning to go on the freeway and he had our 2 little kids with him. Luckily he had already slowed down but the collision still happened. I don’t know what engineering can change or if the speed limit should change but I hope this never happens again.

    #9626
  5. 24karatmom

    Do we know if the drivers training car was from Bear River High School or Box Elder?

    #9629
  6. 24karatmom

    Do we know if the driver training car was from Bear River High School or Box Elder?

    #9630
  7. It’s double frightening when a semi pulls out in front of you- happens almost every day.

    #9635
  8. all i know is i want to tell the family how deeply sorry i am for there loss i know them and when i found out what had happend well trully my condoillesences to the family. I personly have never had a problem in that spot the whole 13 years ive lived here and that was something new to me in deed.

    #9637
  9. one more thing please b more carfull out there students the speed limit is 55 and we can not always see u in time and try to get better yourselfs sorry to u all as well and i know this must b hard on u as well our herarts are with u as well

    #9638
  10. Brittani Hill

    My deepest condolences to the Goodrich family-Virginia was a special lady,she always had a hello for me and always seemed to be on the go!
    I know her family will miss her more than words can express,for she was truly wind beneath their wings! RIP Sweet Virginia

    #9653
  11. concerned

    I must agree with Tom. The car involved in this instance was trying to turn left coming off of the interstate. When a vehicle coming over the hill at 55mph becomes visible and you are in the middle of turning south, you are already in danger. I have been driving for over 30 years and I don’t like making this particular turn. The speed needs to be lower so that turns can be made safely. My prayers will be with the student drivers. This incident will most certainly effect them for the rest of their lives.

    #9715

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