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Police identify man killed in violent crash on Redwood Road

By Jen Riess, | Updated - Nov. 17, 2019 at 10:59 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 16, 2019 at 8:36 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A 19-year-old man is dead following a violent crash Saturday evening that police say split one vehicle in half.

The crash occurred on 1200 S. Redwood Road shortly after 7 p.m.

"We are just guessing, from the damage of the vehicle, that speed was probably involved," said Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Andrew Leonard. "Excessive speed."

Officers on scene said Junior Avila's car went off the road and hit trees and a pole. The car was ripped in half by the force of the impact. Avila was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, Leonard said.

He said the two occupants of the minivan were transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Two lanes of traffic on Redwood Road were closed in the area as police investigated the crash. The closure lasted into Sunday morning.

The exact cause of the crash is under investigation.

Jen Riess

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