Police identify woman who died after striking horse on I-15 in Washington County

Police identify woman who died after striking horse on I-15 in Washington County


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LEEDS, Washington County — Police have identified the woman who died early Thursday morning after striking a horsethat was on I-15 in Washington County.

Jessica M. Deane, 30, was northbound in a black Hyundai Veloster on I-15 about 2 miles south of Leeds about 1:30 a.m. when she hit a black horse that was in the left lane, according to a Utah Highway Patrol news release. Troopers were en route to respond to reports of horses on the road, but Deane's vehicle hit the horse before they arrived.

The horse collided with the car on the driver’s side, causing major damage, authorities said.

The car traveled another half-mile before coming to a stop after it struck a cable barrier in the median just before the Leeds exit, the release stated.

Authorities said it appears Deane died on the impact after hitting the horse.

Deane, who is originally from New Jersey, was a student attending medical school at Rocky Vista University in Ivins, according to troopers.

Contributing: Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com

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