One Moab resident has died and three other people were injured after a pickup truck collided with at least two other vehicles at the intersection of Center Street and Main Street in a crash that occurred shortly before 8:09 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9.
Two of the injured persons are also locals, according to Moab City Police Chief Bret Edge. A dispatch to first responders following the collision noted that a woman involved in the crash, who was trapped in her car following it, was pregnant. First responders did not say immediately following the crash how the woman fared.
The crash occurred after a driver sped away from an attempted traffic stop initiated south of town by a deputy with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, according to Edge. The deputy “disengaged,” according to Edge, and did not chase the driver, which was traveling northbound toward the city.
Law enforcement in the city were notified about the incident, according to Edge, and that the vehicle that drove away at a “high rate of speed” was headed toward town. Edge said Sunday night that he could not immediately release any information about the fleeing driver.
One witness described the truck closely missing a vehicle as it sped past the Maverick at 400 East and Main Street; another witness said she saw the truck run through a red light at Center and Main, colliding with a car that was turning at the intersection.
First responders were on the scene soon after the driver crashed at the intersection. Another occupied vehicle involved in the collision was also damaged, along with at least two parked cars near the intersection.
Edge said that the stretch of Main Street between 100 South and 100 North would likely be closed through midnight as first responders investigated the scene.
Notifications to the first of kin of the deceased individual were still pending as of time of publication, so first responders had not yet publicly shared the person’s identity.