Police ID victims in I-80 crash that left 3 dead, 1 injured

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SALT LAKE CITY — Officials have identified the victims in a brief car chase that resulted in a fatal accident Saturday morning.

At approximately 5 a.m., police at Salt Lake City International Airport noticed a black Volkswagen Passat speeding out of one of the parking structures said Sgt. Larry Mower with Utah Highway Patrol.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, which then got onto Interstate 80 but the chase was soon terminated.

Mower said the officer continued to drive on the freeway to a median where he could turn around to go back to the airport.

“As he was approaching this turnaround area he noticed some dust in the air and thought something may have happened, so he came over to this ramp and that’s when he noticed the car on its roof,” Mower said.

The car crashed into a retention pond in-between Interstate 80 and Interstate 215, near exit 117.

The front-seat passenger was identified as Michaela Martin, 18, of Taylorsville and two male juveniles were in the back seat.

Martin was Cruz’s girlfriend.

The one surviving victim was the driver, Jonathan Cruz, 24, of West Valley City. He is currently in serious condition at an area hospital.

The accident is under investigation by the Airport Police Department, Department of Public Safety and the District Attorney’s Office.

Officials say the State Bureau of Investigation and Utah Highway Patrol are assisting with information gathering, evidence collection and screening charges with the attorney’s office.

The Volkswagen was registered to Cruz.

Investigators do not know why the driver and occupants were at the airport.

13 comments

  • John

    When you run when guilty, it never ends well. Justice served and saved millions in tax dollars. Well done.

  • Mariah Garcia

    REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU! YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART ♡ I JUST CAN BELIEVE YOUR GONE.. WE NEVER GOT TO MAKE THAT DATE TO HANS OUT AGAIN FOR YOU TO MET MY BABY.. rip Michaela my ride or die my partner on crime my sister my best friend I will miss you forever

  • Reina

    Rest in peice Alex </3
    just yesterday you were telling me that you wondered how you were ganna die:,( I'll never forget you, you were like an older brother to if only your brother would have just stoped the car you could still be here with us ily Alex your in a better place now…gone but will never be forgotn…<3

  • Monico

    This is a very sad story. I was listening to my Police Scanner and heard this all go down from the minute the Officer tried to stop them until they crashed. One good thing is my scanner has the capability to record and I recorded the whole incident of the police radio traffic. God bless all involved and the Officer who was only doing his job.

  • Emiliano

    John. Shut up you idiot. Three lives were lost. F-you and your tax dollars punk. Families and friends are hurting really bad stupid.

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