Driver responsible for wrecks suffered a stroke, friend says

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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Friends of a Sandy man who died after causing a string of crashes on Interstate 15 last week say the accidents and his death were the result of a medical condition.

Family friend Amy Christiansen told the Deseret News 54-year-old Sheldon Taylor suffered a stroke while driving south on I-15 on Friday, which caused him to lose control of his vehicle.

She says Taylor had recently beaten cancer. Despite those medical issues, his family says they "did not see this coming." Christiansen says Taylor was the type of person who would never intentionally harm anyone.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers say Taylor caused three accidents on the freeway at 5500 South--7800 South and 8500 South--involving a total of six vehicles. One other motorist had minor injuries.

Investigators have said since Friday that a medical condition may have been a factor in the wrecks.

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