A Salt Lake City man died after crashing his car near Wendover early Saturday morning.
Abraham Majok, 34, was found dead in his black 2001 Chevrolet Malibu at about 6 a.m. Saturday, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. Majok’s car had run into a street light pole on the right shoulder of Interstate 80 about a mile east of Wendover, according to the UHP.
UHP Sgt. Nate Powell said Majok may have fallen asleep while driving.
“It appears that, as far as our investigation goes, he fell asleep and hit the rumble strips on the left shoulder,” Powell said. “It most likely woke him up and all of the sudden he put a hard input to the right, and it was too much input and he hit a pole.”
Powell said having a driver fall asleep and overcorrect is not unusual, but in this case a pole was in the way.
The exact time of Majok’s crash is unknown, Powell said; when the car was discovered, the engine was cold. Drivers would likely not have seen the Malibu at night, too, because it was so dark, he said.
“It was a dark-colored car and [the crash] happened in the middle of the night, so passersby, unless they looked right at it, they wouldn’t see it,” Powell said.
No traffic was affected by the crash.