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One dead, four injured after SUV slams into traffic stopped on I-15 near Perry

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PERRY, Utah – Two adults and three children were taken to hospitals Friday after a crash on southbound I-15 near Perry, and one of the adults later died due to injuries he suffered in the crash.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the crash occurred just before 4 p.m. Friday on southbound I-15 at mile post 360 in the vicinity of the Perry rest area.

Traffic had been slowed due to two minor crashes, and the driver of a black Ford Expedition changed lanes as it approached, but the driver apparently did not notice traffic had stopped. The Expedition struck a Ford Focus that had stopped, and the Expedition was traveling at near-freeway speeds when the impact occurred.

The Focus was pushed into a median, and the Expedition then collided with the back of a Ford Fusion.

The female driver of the SUV and her three children were taken to Brigham Hospital with injuries described as being not life-threatening.

The driver of the Fusion was checked out at the scene and released.

The male driver of the Ford Focus, later identified as 43-year-old Jesse McKenny of Victor, Idaho, suffered severe injuries and was taken to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden. McKenny died due to his injuries later Friday.


  • Anotherbob

    Hmmm, female driver with 3 kids in an Expedition who was oblivious that upcoming traffic has slowed? What are the chances that she was on her phone or some other distraction involving the kids? Thoughts go out to the McKenny family, I’m sorry for your loss due to negligence from another. The concept of scanning ahead looking for potential road issues didn’t seem like a hard one when I was in drivers ed as a teen.

  • The Truth

    Charge her with murder. I don’t care if she was distracted. She should go to prison for 10 years at least. No excuse.

    • SHELLY

      There is no such charge as “murder”. The closest to your defintion would be premeditated homicide. In actuality they could charge the driver with negligent homicide, will plead to a lesser charge, and won’t spend any time in jail. At this moment there is no evidence to prove the driver was distracted.

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