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Washington County fatal crash from Friday. (updated)

Tuesday July 5, 2022

On Friday, July 1, 2022, at about 2:14 pm, Troopers were notified of a head-on collision on SR-9 just east of milepost 4. A westbound Hyundai Sonata crossed the center line into the eastbound lanes of travel. The Sonata collided head-on at the driver’s side with an eastbound Toyota Tacoma. The Sonata began to turn left after the initial collision and was t-boned on the passenger side by another eastbound Mazda SUV that was directly behind the Tacoma. After the impacts both the Tacoma and Mazda veered off the eastbound roadway and came to rest just off the eastbound shoulder. The Sonata came to rest blocking the middle continuous left-turn lane. The 23-year-old male driver of the Toyota Tacoma suffered fatal injuries and died on the scene. The two other drivers and three other passengers of the vehicles involved were transported to local hospitals with no life-threatening injuries. Lane restrictions were in place for about 4 hours during the on-scene investigation. This crash is still under investigation.

Toyota Driver (fatal): Deliberto A Pablo-Cruz Age: 23 From: St. George, UT



Hillary Koellner
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Public Safety


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