Man killed in rollover accident after driving away from police

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TOOELE COUNTY, Utah – A man was killed in a traffic accident on State Route 138 near Stansbury Park Saturday night.

According to a press release from the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office, Mark Richard Johnson, 37, of Stansbury was killed in the wreck.

According to the press release, Johnson was involved in a domestic dispute that occurred at his residence earlier Saturday. Police were trying to locate Johnson, and when an officer found the man’s vehicle he followed it.

As the sergeant was following the vehicle, it pulled over to the side of Brigham Road in Stansbury Park. The officer pulled in behind the vehicle, and Johnson’s vehicle immediately pulled away. The police vehicle followed, and when the officer saw Johnson fail to stop at a stop sign at Brigham Road and State Route 138, the officer activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

According to the press release, shortly after the sergeant activated the lights and siren, “the [Johnson’s] vehicle immediately swerved in the roadway causing the vehicle to exit the roadway and overturn. It appeared Mark was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle causing the vehicle to roll on top of him.”

Johnson was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after. The Utah Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

9 comments

  • louie

    so he wasn’t “driving away” as a regular driver might have. Please change the headline so that is better describes the story

  • bob de buidler

    I might actually know that person if he is one of the older brothers that I knew on Blueridge Dr. and honestly the mom tried but those kids were a bunch of jerks…

  • MrsGriffin67

    Mark Johnson was one of the gentlest, most caring and loving man. Please don’t pass judgement if you don’t know know him. He came from a very loving family Bob and I think you must have him confused with someone else, he has a very common name.

  • Stormin

    Facts appear to be Facts ——– why would a “caring and loving man” that didn’t have something serious to hide, flee from police for running a stop sign??

  • Cheryl Carter Kilpatrick

    Judge not that ye be not judged. Dont assume until you know all the facts. He has a family that is grieving his death have some compassion you may be in the same situation sometime. So sorry for your loss.

  • Jeff

    @Stormin and the rest, I highly recommend you go read the comments section for the corresponding article at the ksl.com website. It might be hard for you to fathom, but it is possible to be both a caring and loving man and deeply troubled. Mark was indeed both, although for those who knew him, it was the kind and caring side that made the most lasting impression. He suffered greatly in this life, was deeply loved by his wife and family, despite his many flaws, and will be sorely missed, and that’s a fact.

    • Craig

      Mark was my student at Keller Elementary in Mesa AZ… 5th grade. I will always remember him as a favorite kid. Quirky. Sweet. Funny. The last time I saw Mark was at his wedding reception, he was so happy, and I pray that his days between then and now, were filled with love. He is at peace in the arms of our loving God.
      My love goes to his beautiful mother, and all his family.

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