SAN JUAN COUNTY, UT – A driver of a black Kia Optima failed to negotiate a curve on SR-163 and hit a cliff wall, leading to his death and injuring the two children with him Friday.
The Utah Department of Public Safety said the crash happened before 2 p.m. when the 49-year-old man was driving on the Mexican Hat bridge to cross the San Juan River.
Upon colliding, the driver, who was identified as Joel Ashike of Kaibito, Arizona, suffered fatal injuries. The children with him – a 14-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy – were airlifted to a hospital for serious injuries.
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