Friends remember Park City woman killed in wrong-way crash

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KIMBALL JUNCTION, Utah -- Friends are shocked at the death of a Park City woman killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 80 Monday night.

Amanda “Mandy” Streit, 39, was hit when suspected drunk driver, Stewart Miller, crashed into her Saturn head on. Witnesses say he hit Streit going 95 mph.

“There's no words just a lot of emotions,” Said Celene Calderon, Streit’s friend and dance instructor.

Streit spent countless hours laughing and exercising with her friends on a dance floor in Park City.

“She was once in a lifetime person, she really was; she was something special,” said Lisa Phinney, Streit’s friend and dance instructor.

Police say 30-year-old Miller, of Kamas, got on the off ramp at Kimball Junction in a gray GMC, going the wrong way in the westbound lanes of I-80. UHP got several calls but troopers couldn't reach the driver in time.

“By the time we got there we were responding to a horrific crash,” said Sgt. Todd Royce, spokesman for Utah Highway Patrol.

Calderon said the crash could have been prevented.

“My heart sank to know that somebody so innocent and precious in this world could be taken so fast. It’s devastating,” she said.

Royce reiterated the fact the crash could have been avoided.

“It is 100 percent preventable when someone chooses to drink and drive and make some pretty horrific mistakes and some innocent person loses their lives. It's just, it's absolutely tragic,” Royce said.

Streit’s loved ones are now pleading to others to not drive drunk.

“Taking somebody like Mandy from us to know we're empty without her she was just so young and had so much more life to live,” Phinney said.

Miller has been charged with vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony. He was booked into the Summit County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

3 comments

  • bob

    Choosing to drive while impaired is deliberate. Killing someone while doing so is an accident. So why is the deliberate choice a misdemeanor and the accident is a felony?

    DUI should be a felony EVERY TIME, no matter what.

    • Spacedog

      Amen. That should not be a hard law to pass. Why is it just a slap on the wrist to endanger other people’s lives?!

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