Bountiful man hit, killed in Echo Junction crash identified

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ECHO, Summit County — A Bountiful man was hit and killed by a semitruck early Thursday after his car crashed on the freeway and he walked onto the road.

Just before 3 a.m., John W. Garner, 41, was headed east on I-80 near Echo Junction when his pickup truck hit the guard rail, went through the median and hit the guard rail in the westbound lanes, according to Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce.

"The driver then exited the vehicle and stepped in front of a semitruck which was traveling west on I-80," Royce said.

What caused Garner to crash and why he walked into traffic were questions still being investigated Thursday. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor, he said.

Royce said troopers were also trying to retrace Garners steps to figure where he had been and where he was going at 3 a.m.


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