Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

February 19, 2013
Texan pair killed in I-80 rollover

Two Texans were killed in a three-car pileup on I-80 early Monday morning.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Gerardo Salazar- Mendez, 40, of Houston, was driving a Ford Mustang eastbound on the interstate near the Tooele-Salt Lake County line when the car went off the road to the right and rolled at about 12:50 a.m.

A passenger, Maribel Mata-Ledesma, 35, also of Houston, was ejected. After rolling the Mustang stopped partially on one of the freeway’s eastbound lanes and was struck by another vehicle. A third vehicle, a semi-truck, ran over Mata-Ledesma.

Both Mata-Ledesma and Salazar-Mendez were killed. Neither the driver of the Cadillac or the driver of the semitruck were injured. The accident is under investigation by the UHP.

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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