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DEWEYVILLE, Box Elder County — Authorities have released the names of a woman who died and her husband, who was critically injured, in a motorcycle crash over the weekend.
Brett Thomas, 49, of Layton, was riding a Harley Davidson with his wife, Heidi Thomas, 47, southbound on state Route 38 when a driver headed north turned left in front of the motorcycle, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
The motorcycle struck the front of the car, throwing both riders, UHP reported. Both riders were wearing helmets, though not full-head helmets, and struck the car and road after being thrown, according to the report.
Heidi Thomas sustained severe head injuries and was taken to Bear River Valley Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Brett Thomas was taken to the same hospital in critical condition, then rushed by medical helicopter to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.
The driver of the car, a 50-year-old man from Kearns, and his 13-year-old son were both treated at the scene for minor injuries, according to UHP.
The crash remains under investigation and will be screened by the Box Elder County Attorney's Office for potential charges, UHP said.
A GoFundMe campaign* has been set up by family members who say they wish to use the funds to hand out bumper stickers warning "Watch out for motorcycles" at Heidi Thomas' funeral.
"They were struck by a driver who was making a left turn and did not see them. And because of this tragic incident we are raising awareness for people who ride motorcycles and to always watch out for them," the GoFundMe description stated.
The Utah Department of Transportation on Monday displayed a message reading "Motorcyclists should be seen not hurt" on its overhead freeway signs and on social media.
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