Nev. woman killed in Sanpete Co. crash

AXTELL, Sanpete County, Utah – A 20-year-old woman is dead after a crash along SR-89 in Sanpete County on Monday.

Utah Highway Patrol officials say a 4-door Saturn driven by 20-year-old Marissa Watkins, from Moapa, Nev., was traveling north along SR-89 at milepost 235 near Axtell.

She went off the road to the east, then overcorrected and came back onto the road before veering past the center line.

Watkins’ vehicle was struck by a southbound Nissan Maxima driven by 68-year-old Richard Lawson, from Nampa, Idaho. Watkins was ejected from her vehicle and died at the scene.

Lawson was taken to a nearby hospital then flown via medical helicopter to a hospital in Provo. His current condition is unknown.

Neither driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The cause is still under investigation, but it doesn’t appear that drugs or alcohol were involved.

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