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Police identify driver killed after colliding with horse on I-15 in southern Utah

Police identify driver killed after colliding with horse on I-15 in southern Utah
Posted at 8:15 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 09:49:48-04

LEEDS, Utah – One person was killed after colliding with a horse while driving on I-15 in southern Utah early Thursday morning.

Friday the deceased was identified as 30-year-old Jessica M Deane. She was originally from New Jersey and was attending Rocky Vista University medical school in Ivins.

The Utah Highway Patrol states they received a report of horses on I-15 near milepost 20 around 1:30 a.m.

Before troopers arrived, a car traveling northbound collided with a horse that was in the left lane of I-15 near mile post 21.

The vehicle continued onward after impact and struck the median cable  barrier.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was killed on impact, UHP states.

The press release did not say whether or not the horse was killed.

The crash occurred near the small town of Leeds, but specific details about where the horses came from where not immediately available.

The left lane of NB I-15 was closed for about two hours after the crash but has since reopened.