Community mourns Herriman High School student killed in crash

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HERRIMAN, Utah -- The Herriman High School community is sharing their heartbreak on social media after the principal announced the death of sophomore Cadee Conner Thursday afternoon, who was killed in a crash that also injured several others.

With messages like “Rest in peace beautiful” and “you will be missed gorgeous girl,” friends, classmates, and faculty are just starting to come to grips with the loss of the young girl.

Head counselor at Herriman High School, John Blodgett, says they’ll be bringing in extra counselors this week and next to provide support for the school community.

“Our hearts and prayers and thoughts go out to the families of those involved," Blodgett said. "We have support for all those in the community. The other schools, the feeder schools, are welcome to come here for support."

While sharing condolences, memories, and sorrow, many of these social media messages also include warnings, like one posted on the Herriman High School PTSA Facebook page.

The message reads in part, “I beg every person who travels the MVC to please slow down and stop before the light turns red. A few minutes at a red light is worth the lives of those who are also traveling.”

It’s a message shared by law enforcement, like Unifed Police Department officer Ken Hansen.

“One of the issues is that the speed limits on Mountain View are usually around 55-65 depending on what side you're on," he said. "The problem is if you run a red light, it can be extremely tragic here with those particular speeds."

According to the Utah Department of Transportation, there have been six deadly crashes on the 18-mile stretch of the Mountain View corridor since it opened three years ago. It’s a stinging statistic made all the more real when you look at a simple tweet posted by Conner last week, which reads: “Didn’t October just start?”

A GoFundMe page has been created to help the Connor family with the funeral costs, click here for details. 

9 comments

  • Brook Hill

    How many more people have to die on MVC before UDOT admits that it was a terrible design and they shut it down?
    Putting stop lights on a freeway has never been a good idea!

    • C'MON BROOKE HILL

      When are people going to take accountability for their actions while behind the wheel and follow the rules of the road?

      I travel MVC, have been – daily – for over a year. I’ve never been involved in an auto-collision.

      Are we to blame Mountain View Corridor for the vehicular deaths like the liberals blame mass shootings on guns?

      Accountability, people.

      • Brook Hill

        MVC is a terrible design. One direction is freeway speeds. The other is 35mph. The lights going east to west do not sync. I have sent many complaints about this to the UDoT email. The light on the opposite side will be green and yours red, but if you are not paying close attention you might not even notice your light. I do have to cross MVC all the time and have seen many many close calls because of the lights. We have seen Rio Tinto trucks who travel the road all the time miss the first light, we have seen large concrete trucks do the same. It is a very poor design and we can’t avoid crossing it as my sons high school is on the opposite side from our house. I will not let him travel down it. Udot need to accept some of the blame for 6 deaths in 3 years on a very small stretch of the road.

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  • Utah red

    Just wondering if driver who caused accident was texting or talking on the phone. I drive this road every day and I don’t understand how the driver missed this light.

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