Woman killed in I-15 rollover was on her way to mother’s funeral in SLC

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BEAVER COUNTY, Utah — A woman was killed and two others were injured in a rollover crash on I-15 Saturday, and police said the deceased was on her way to her mother’s funeral in Salt Lake City when the accident happened.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around 7 a.m. Saturday on I-15 near milepost 94 in Beaver County.

A 48-year-old man from Hurricane driving a GMC pickup truck encountered a winter storm that made conditions wet and icy, and he lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into the median before rolling several times.

The vehicle ultimately came to a rest on its wheels after rolling. A 48-year-old woman riding in the front passenger seat who was not restrained was ejected during the crash and suffered fatal injuries. She has been identified as Danielle Valle of Mesquite, Nevada.

A 28-year-old woman riding in the rear passenger seat was also not restrained, and she suffered serious injuries. That woman was flown to a hospital.

The driver of the truck was taken to by ambulance to a local hospital. Authorities did not specify his condition.

UHP states Valle was traveling to Salt Lake City to attend her mother’s funeral.

Police initially stated they believed Valle had been traveling with her mother’s ashes and said troopers had been searching the crash scene to recover them. However, later Saturday, they stated that while the original plan was for Valle to have the ashes, a change of plans meant they were not with her at the time of the crash.

The other two people injured in the crash have not been identified, and it is not clear if they are related to the deceased or if they were also attending the funeral.


  • Anotherbob

    If you’re not going to wear your seatbelt then who cares? Youd think they would all be smart enough to wear one especially in a winter storm but nope. Too bad we can’t force people to use their brains.

    • Lydia

      I’m sorry you feel this way. I don’t know what was going through their minds to not be buckled. I do know that my mother has lost a dear friend and now her friend’s daughter. I’ve known this family my whole life and for some stranger tho make such an ugly comment about the loss of someone’s life makes me sad for you. I’ll pray for people like you.

      As I continue to pray for those dear to me that have perished.

      • bob

        Where is your compassion for the responders who have to scoop up the corpses of people who haven’t figured out the concept of SEAT BELTS after 60 years? They have to live with that mental picture.

        I have far more compassion for the living than I do for the dead. The dead are past the need for compassion.

        If you care about your loved ones then put on your freaking seat belt. It’s a very simple thing to do that requires minimal effort.


        Mother Nature has a way of eliminating slow learners. It is referred to as chlorinating the gene pool.

      • Debbie

        No one should be ugly at this point.. this precious young lady lost her life . We all have driven at one point or another without a seat belt… i have lost friends in crashes that were wearing them.. i pray peace and love and strength to this family.. God Rest her precious soul !!

      • BOB

        Most people learn from the mistakes of others Mlucero. The rest? Well I guess they just have to be the others.


    When a car rolls unrestrained passengers get thrown out. Usually to rolling car follows them and if they don’t get killed when they slam into the pavement the rolling car finishes them off. My condolences to the responding officers who had to clean up the mess.

  • bob

    SEAT BELTS. They’ve been around for 60 years.

    I’m sorry, but if you haven’t figured that out by now then perhaps you SHOULD meet Mr. Darwin. How hard is it? Just snap the latch.

    • Just me

      I bet you only spew your hate through the anonymity of the Internet. Because if you did it to other people face-to-face Darwinism would take care of you in no time at all. My most sincerest condolences to the family and extended family.

      • BOB

        No hate Just Me. Just a bit of morbid curiosity about people that chose not to wear seat belts. They are kinda like the morons that text while driving.

  • Spencer Reid

    To Bob and AnotherBob, you are both so asinine and Ignorant. It is people like you that fill the world with such a sad case of anger. I pray that neither one of you ever lose a Family member tragically. But as you said Who cares, right?

      • commonsense

        She was exhausted and sleeping on the way up to Salt Lake with her ex-husband and daughter in the truck with her, on the way to her mothers funeral. You judge mental prick.

      • Spencer Reid

        Just so you know Seatbelts yes can save you but that doesn’t mean you can’t die while wearing them. I lost a friend from a Seatbelt, It sliced his neck open and he bled to death. I can imagine you would say Ohh well Who cares right?


        I noticed that you referred to her in the past tense. Correct me if I’m wrong the Utah seat belt law doesn’t make exceptions for exhaustion. Next excuse ………?


        Spencer says “I lost a friend from a Seat belt”. What you don’t say Spencer is which window/door would you buddy have gone out of without his seat belt. Seat belts aren’t magic and can’t protect you from every conceivable accident. Don’t be an idiot.

  • Lydia

    There sure are a lot of insensitive, rude, uncaring people that obviously have nothing better to do with their time than be ignorant asses on news posts.
    Regardless of why she died, she died! Her family now has to get through this tragedy. Let the seat belt situation be a lesson to others. Yes, the responders had to sadly arrive to a horrible scene. That is their job, they are somewhat prepared for that kind of situation. I pray for everyone involved.

    What makes me sad is that this world has gotten so bad that a human life doesn’t matter anymore. Everyone just wants to talk crap and point out the negative things and not say ” oh my goodness, that is a tragedy, I will keep them ALL in my prayers and thoughts”
    Nope, everyone has to talk crap and say oh well, should have been smarter. When it’s your time to go, it doesn’t matter how precautious you are. If the Lord wants to take you home, you’re going!

    Let’s all learn from this tragedy and make the effort to be safe.

    I will continue to pray for the ignorant and asinine in the meantime!

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