DPS confirms identities of people killed in Kane Co. crash

KANE COUNTY, UT – Officials have identified the names and identities of the three people killed in a crash on U.S. 89 Tuesday

The collision occurred twenty-two miles southeast of Kanab, according to St. George News. The driver of a white Honda SUV came upon slippery road conditions and lost control of the car. He or she went onto the north and westbound lanes and collided head-on with a red Nissan Altima. 

The driver of the Honda was airlifted to a hospital for critical, life-threatening injuries. The passenger, 64-year-old Smita Patel from Anaheim, California, succumbed to deadly injuries. Another Honda occupant was taken to a hospital where his or her condition is unknown at this time. 

In addition, the Nissan passenger, a 16-year-old boy, and the Nissan driver – 46-year-old Deana Steggell, of Willard, Utah, both gave in to their injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.  

Impairment is not a contributing factor in Tuesday’s crash. The Utah Department of Public Safety is investigating additional details. 

Our newsroom will add more information should it become available. 

If you lost a loved one to a car crash in Utah, our Utah wrongful death lawyers would like to help you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit and recover compensation for your losses. We invite you to contact the office of Swenson & Shelley PLLC at (435) 265-4523 on any day of the week to schedule a free case review. 

Kevin Swenson was raised in Bountiful, Utah, and is a co-founding partner of Swenson & Shelley. After graduating from Bountiful High School, Kevin attended business school at Westminster College.