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Officials identify man who died in West Valley crash Friday

Officials identify man who died in West Valley crash Friday

(Jay Dortzbach, KSL TV)



WEST VALLEY CITY — Officials on Saturday identified the man who died Friday morning after two cars collided at a Mountain View Corridor intersection.

Alonzo Ahlstrom, 74, of Herriman, was killed in the crash and another driver was seriously injured after officials say one driver likely ran a red light.

Emergency crews responded to a report of a crash at the intersection of Mountain View Corridor and 5400 South about 9:30 a.m., according to West Valley Police Sgt. Jason Johnson.

Johnson said investigators believe one of the vehicles was southbound on the highway and the other was westbound on 5400 South when one of the vehicles ran a red light, causing a collision.

"We haven't determined yet who ran the red light," he said.

Ahlstrom was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The other driver was taken to a hospital in "serious but stable condition"; he suffered broken bones and other injuries, police said Saturday.

Johnson said speed appears to be a factor in the crash; impairment or holiday traffic wasn't believed to be factors. It remains under investigation.

"The investigators are looking at scuffs, skidmarks, vehicle damage if there was seat belts used — that kind of information," he explained.

Police said they believe there were witnesses who saw the crash but left the scene. They hoped to gather information from those individuals as a part of the investigation. Anyone who may have seen the crash happen is encouraged to call Valley Emergency Communications Center at 801-840-4100.

The crash closed southbound lanes of Mountain View Corridor at 4100 South and both directions of 5400 South for a few hours Friday afternoon but all lanes had reopened by 6:30 p.m.

Contributing: Jay Dortzbach, KSL TV; Graham Dudley, KSL.com

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