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Police identify woman killed in 9-vehicle crash in Sandy

A crash in Sandy on Friday morning left a Sandy woman dead and several others injured, and prompted an hourslong closure of State Street.

A crash in Sandy on Friday morning left a Sandy woman dead and several others injured, and prompted an hourslong closure of State Street. (Greg Anderson, KSL-TV)


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SANDY — A crash in Sandy on Friday morning left one person dead and several others injured, and prompted officials to close State Street for several hours.

About 8:30 a.m., a Toyota 4Runner was traveling north on State Street at an "excessive speed" when it entered the intersection at 10600 South during a red light, Sandy police said in a statement. The 4Runner collided with a Ford F-150, and both of the vehicles then "redirected" from the crash and hit seven other vehicles that were stopped southbound at the signal on State Street.

The driver of the Toyota 4Runner was identified as Marylee Benavidez, 35, of Sandy. Police said Benavdez died as a result of her injuries. A German Shepherd dog in her vehicle also died in the crash.

Two other people were taken to hospitals with serious injuries, police said, and several others were treated on scene for minor injuries.

"The investigation is ongoing to determine if drugs/alcohol or other factors contributed to the cause and severity of the collision," police said.

"Tragic start to Memorial Day weekend. Please slow down and be attentive in your travels," Sandy police added in a Tweet.

Sandy Mayor Monica Zoltanski asked residents to "pray for the people injured this morning" in the crash, calling it a "horrific scene."

Northbound and southbound lanes remained closed until they were opened about 1:30 p.m.

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Ashley Imlay covers state politics and breaking news for KSL.com. A lifelong Utahn, Ashley has also worked as a reporter for the Deseret News and is a graduate of Dixie State University.

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