WANSHIP, Summit County – Police have identified a man who lost control of his motorcycle while riding on I-0 near Wanship on Saturday afternoon.
Darren Williams, 43, of Layton, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, after several pedestrians cut off first aid supplies, according to a Utah Highway Patrol press release.
Williams was riding his 2011 Harley-Davidson in the East-East lane when he “failed to discuss a turn on the roadway and lost control, crashing into the media,” the notice said.
Williams’s post was out of speed and eyewitnesses said he was not wearing a helmet.
The crash prompted UHP to persuade a medical helicopter to shut down the I-80 for an hour on Saturday to keep it visible.
In a statement, the UHP urged drivers and motorcyclists to be vigilant when traveling on Utah roads. In 2019 alone, 47 motorcyclists were killed in Behavior State, an increase of 24% from 2018.
“As the motorcycle season begins in full swing, we urge all drivers to be more aware of their surroundings,” the UHP said. “We also urge cyclists to take steps to keep themselves safe on the road by wearing safety equipment and approving appropriate motorcycles.”