Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image A 1991 Mercury Sable sits off of I-80 near Knolls Monday. Rick Gonzalez was killed after being ejected from the vehicle when it rolled. photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol

October 30, 2012
Rollover claims life of Salt Lake City man

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.”

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>