Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

November 13, 2014
African refugee found dead after ATV crash

A refugee from Africa who was working in Tooele County died Saturday in an ATV crash.

A brine shrimp crew had come back from a work site at about 6 p.m. and had showered when they noticed one of the crew was missing, said Lt. Travis Scharmann of the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office.

After waiting for about a half hour, Scharmann said, the crew backtracked the road they took and found Khatab Musa Abdelrahn Mohamed dead.

Mohamed, 26, had evidently crashed his ATV while driving with the crew on a road between U.S. Magnesium and Stansbury Island, Scharmann said.

The man appeared to have hit his head when he crashed, Scharmann said, though Mohamed was wearing a helmet at the time. Deputies found nothing suspicious, and Scharmann called it “an unfortunate accident.”

Scharmann said the crew frequently travels from base to their work site on ATVs. He does not know of any crew member crashing before, he said.

Mohamed was a refugee from Africa, Scharmann said, and an aunt and uncle were coming from Africa to make funeral arrangements. 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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