Crash victim’s family warns drivers to focus and obey the speed limit during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days

Crash victim’s family warns drivers to focus and obey the speed limit during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days

Fatal crashes nearly double from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day in Utah

WHAT:
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will mark the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days with a media event on Thursday.

The family of 18-year-old Maria Fernanda Herrera, who died on impact when she came upon stopped traffic going too fast on I-15, will be available to speak with reporters. May 24 marks what would have been Maria’s 24th birthday. As balloons were one of her favorite things, there will be a balloon for each life lost last year during Utah’s 100 Deadliest Days (89) at the event.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day fatal crashes nearly double compared to the rest of the year. With 94 percent of all crashes being caused by human error (including distracted driving, speeding, exhaustion, impairment and not buckling up), UDOT and the UHP urge drivers to obey the speed limit, focus on the road and strive for Zero Fatalities.

Over the past five years in Utah there were 111 deaths caused by speeding. On average, 40 percent of all crashes involve speeding. UDOT and DPS hopes this event reminds Utahns to obey the speed limit and make Zero Fatalities the goal.

WHEN:
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Calvin Rampton Building: 4501 S 2700 W, Taylorsville, UT 84119

WHO:
Martin Herrera (Maria’s Father), Eva Maria (Maria’s mother) and Maria’s siblings, Andrea, Carolina, Martin and Alex

VISUALS:

  • Balloons representing each life lost during last year’s 100 Deadliest Days
  • Thumb drive with photos of Maria Herrera, a PSA video with the Herrera family, and crash photos

 

Media Contacts:

John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
801-560-7740
jgleason@utah.gov

Lt. Todd Royce
UHP Public Information Officer
801-556-8261
troyce@utah.gov

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