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Utah Highway Patrol says investigation into fatal SR 224 crash could take weeks

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Courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol
The Utah Highway Patrol says a black BMW careened onto a median at Kimball Junction on Saturday, hitting and killing a man who was panhandling there. The vehicle then crossed the median into oncoming lanes of traffic, colliding with an SUV. The driver of the SUV was arrested after police found 208 pounds of marijuana in his car. The driver of the BMW was not arrested.

The UHP will consult with the Summit County Attorney to determine any charges after the investigation is complete.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the cause of last weekend’s crash that claimed the life of a 56-year-old Arizona man is still under investigation.

The UHP says shortly after 9 a.m. last Saturday, a black BMW traveling toward the interstate on SR 224 crashed into another vehicle at the intersection with Ute Boulevard then crossed into the median and struck Chad Daines, who was panhandling.

After hitting Daines, the BMW continued into oncoming traffic and crashed into a white SUV.

Daines was transported to the hospital in critical condition and died Monday morning.

The SUV was later found to be transporting over 200 pounds of raw marijuana. The driver, 48-year-old Texas resident Darrell C Gutierrez, initially fled the scene, but was later arrested after attempting to claim the vehicle. He has been charged with three felonies.

UHP Sgt. Cameron Roden told KPCW Thursday morning that the investigation into the driver of the BMW is still ongoing, and may be “several weeks” before it’s finished. The driver is not in custody and Roden said after the investigation is complete, UHP will consult with the Summit County Attorney to determine any charges.