A Salt Lake City man was killed Monday morning after rolling his car on I-80 near Knolls.
Rick Gonzalez, 40, was driving a 1991 Mercury Sable eastbound about two miles east of the Knolls exit. The car drifted off the right side of the road and Gonzalez overcorrected to the left, and then again to the right, which caused the car to roll, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
Gonzalez, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle. The two passengers in the vehicle, 48-year-old Paul Dodge, and 41-year-old Pauline Mathews, both of Salt Lake, were injured but not ejected.
Cpl. Todd Johnson of the UHP said although Dodge and Mathews were injured, they got out of the car to look for Gonzalez. He had been thrown over a fence beside the highway.
Gonzalez and Mathews were flown to Salt Lake City hospitals, and Dodge was taken by ambulance to a Salt Lake City hospital. However, Gonzalez died from his injuries en route.
Johnson said the cause of the crash is still under investigation, but drugs and alcohol are not suspected, and the roads were clear and dry.
“[The investigating trooper] is investigating the possibility that the driver was drowsy,” he said. “There is no sign of impairment. Unfortunately, somebody still had a problem driving.”