UHP finds alcohol in car of wrong-way driver who killed 2, injured 2 in Fillmore

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FILLMORE, Utah - Officials said two people have been killed and two more are in critical condition after an accident just south of Fillmore Wednesday morning.

Authorities said a wrong-way driver was going northbound in the southbound lanes of I-15 in a Jeep Grand Cherokee and crashed into a Honda passenger vehicle near mile post 157 just south of Fillmore in Millard County.

The wrong-way driver is in critical condition. She was pinned beneath her vehicle after the crash and had to be extricated. Authorities later identified her as 18-year-old Jessie N. Wilkerson of St. George.

Troopers said they found a bottle of alcohol behind the driver's seat.

The other car was carrying three people; a man and woman were killed and the other man is in critical condition.

The man who was killed was identified as 25-year-old Larry J. Martin of West Jordan. Police said the man was driving the vehicle and was wearing a seat belt. He was killed on impact.

Police identified the female passenger who was killed as 27-year-old Kaela Hernandez of American Fork. Authorities stated she was sleeping in the rear seat and was not restrained. She was ejected during the crash and killed on impact.

The male passenger who suffered critical injuries was identified as 29-year-old Joseph C. Martin of Eagle Mountain. He was wearing a seat belt.

Authorities said the three victims are from the Wasatch Front and were believed to be traveling to St. George or Las Vegas for a business convention.

Officials said I-15 southbound is now back open in Meadow at mile post 158.

The northbound lanes are not affected.

14 comments

  • ANOTHERBOB

    If, and that’t a big if, Ms. Wilkerson was drinking and she is only 18 she should serve prison time. Of course that assumes that she lives.

    • Glenn Anderson

      i agree bob… it was 7am and she’s speeding down the wrong lane on the freeway with an open container in the backseat. i was at the hospital. clint (passenger of the civic) is in critical condition still. so is the girl who hit them. but kaela and jacob died on impact. kaela was ejected from the car but we are told she died instantly.

  • Maleah

    You guys don’t know Jessie like I do. She always had something nice to say and always knew how to cheer you up. She has passed. She did a stupid thing, but she was a beautiful person. My heart goes out to all of them. I hope forgiveness can be given to her. She wasn’t a person who would ever purposefully mean to hurt anyone.

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