PROSSER, Wash. — Authorities say they believe drowsy driving was a factor in a freeway crash in southern Washington that killed a newlywed couple from Utah Sunday.
Amy Moffat, 28, of Provo, and Stephen Graham, 30, of Riverton, were killed in the crash, according to Washington State Patrol trooper Chris Thorson.
Emergency crews responded to a report of a rollover crash on I-82 about 6 miles east of Prosser and just west of Washington’s Tri-City area, Thorson said.
He said Moffat was driving a red Ford F-150, traveling west toward Prosser, when she apparently fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle drifted to the left and she overcorrected, causing the pickup truck to roll. Both Moffat and Graham were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Officials said both were wearing seat belts. The crash remains under investigation.
According to a post on Moffat’s Facebook page, she and Graham had gotten married earlier in August.
“Stephen and I, in joyful disbelief, united our lives together and became husband and wife,” she wrote in the post.
Those who knew the couple posted tributes to them Monday.
“So very sorry for the loss of this beautiful couple. May God wrap your friends and family in love and peace during this time. United forever in heaven,” one person wrote online.