Van driver checking his tires mowed down by suspected impaired driver who hit trailer being towed by Sprinter
On October 21, 2023, at approximately 9:09 AM, a Mercedes Sprinter van pulling a trailer was pulled over on the right shoulder of I-80 eastbound near milepost 55. The driver of the van was outside of the vehicle when a Hyundai Elantra approached in the right lane. The Elantra hit the trailer that was being pulled by the Sprinter van. After hitting the trailer, the Elantra struck the driver of the Sprinter van, who suffered fatal injuries. There were no other injuries in the crash.
Eastbound traffic on I-80 is temporarily closed for the investigation. Traffic will be able to get by the crash at approximately 10:30 AM.
TOOELE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) — A 43-year-old man was arrested Saturday on multiple charges after hitting and killing a man who was checking his tires while parked on the side of the road, according to Utah Highway Patrol.
Shelby Kenneth Secrist, 43, is facing charges of negligently operating a vehicle resulting in death (second-degree felony), driving under the influence (class-B misdemeanor), possession of controlled substance marijuana/spice (class-B misdemeanor), use or possession of drug paraphernalia (class-B misdemeanor), unlawful sell, ship, transport of liquor from out-of-state (class-B misdemeanor), open container/drinking alcohol in a vehicle (class-C misdemeanor), and failure to stay in one lane (infraction).
On Oct. 21, a UHP trooper responded to the scene near mile marker 55 on I-80 East. Upon arrival, the trooper found a black sedan partially blocking the second lane and the emergency lane.
The affidavit, filed by the UHP officer, says he arrived to find a black sedan partially blocking lane two and the emergency lane, and a large van that had been pulling a trailer in the emergency lane. A body had been covered.
“Other motorists that had stopped to assist with the crash directed me to the driver of the black sedan who was up walking around. I spoke with the driver, who identified himself as Shelby.”
Secrist was alone in the black sedan at the time of the accident, he said.
“He advised me that he had hit the individual who was now deceased. When speaking with Shelby and a passenger of the van pulling the trailer, I learned that Shelby had run into the driver’s side of the trailer, and at some point, during the crash, had struck the driver of the van. The passenger advised me that the driver of the van had been outside of the vehicle inspecting the tires when he was hit. The driver was the son of the passenger.”
Shelby Kenneth Secrist is listed at 6441 N Highway 38 Honeyville, Ut 84314, and has no political party affiliation. Shelby is registered to vote in Box Elder County, Utah.
CARDHOLDER SMOKING CANNABIS
Court Date 08/30/2023
Court Case Number 231000194
Court Case Description BOX ELDER COUNTY JUSTICE
Court Disposition GUILTY
Court Offense CARDHOLDER SMOKING CANNABIS
Court Statute 58-37-3.9(3)(C)
Name on record SHELBY KENNETH SECRIST
A driver died in a rollover after crossing the center line on State Route 24
THURSDAY OCTOBER 19, 2023
Wayne County, Utah – The Utah Highway Patrol reports that at 6:30 AM on October 19, 2023, a tan Buick LeSabre was traveling south on SR-24 at milepost 199. The Buick crossed over the center line and struck an oncoming Hyundai Santa Fe.
The driver of the Buick received fatal injuries in the crash. The driver and passenger of the Santa Fe were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries.
Troopers are investigating impairment as a possible contributing factor in the crash.