Leif Johansson Killed in UPS Truck Accident near Cedar City, UT
Cedar City, UT -- April 13, 2019, Leif Johansson was killed as the result of an accident where his vehicle was hit by a UPS tractor-trailer.
Authorities with the Utah Highway Patrol were called out to the crash site at around 5:00 a.m. It happened just north of Cedar City along the northbound lanes of I-15.
Initial reports indicate there were at least four emergency calls from other motorists prior to the collision about a vehicle stopped in the northbound lanes of the interstate. Some time following those calls, a UPS tractor-trailer rear-ended the car.
The driver of the car was 62-year-old Leif Johansson, who had reportedly gone missing prior to the collision. He suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler had minor injuries.
Currently, the circumstances surrounding the crash are under investigation.
There are certainly many factors to consider here, but there's one in particular which stands out to me. Based on reports, it appears at least four motorists were able to see the stopped car, avoid hitting it, and make a call to the authorities about it. I can't help but wonder why this UPS driver wasn't able to do the same. It's possible the circumstances were different for that driver than they were for the drivers who called authorities. However, even if a driver is doing something wrong, other drivers don't get a free pass to hit them. If the crash is at all avoidable, drivers have a duty to do so. If they fail, it could mean they were also doing something wrong. So is that what happened here? There will need to be more thorough investigations to say for sure.
--Grossman Law Offices