Bobby Tupoumalohi killed in Taylorsville crash in US

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – Authorities have identified the person who died after a vehicle clipped another car, struck a pole, and caught on fire in Taylorsville Saturday.

He was 20-year-old Bobby Tupoumalohi of Kearns.

Lt. Brian Lohrke with the Unified Police Department told FOX 13 the crash happened at 3:15 p.m.

He said witnesses informed police they saw a red car traveling eastbound on 5400 South that was swerving and speeding. They said that car ran a red light at the intersection of 5400 South 2700 West.

At the same time, a silver car was driving westbound on 5400 South and was attempting to make a left turn onto 2700 West. Police said this driver, a woman, had the right of way.

The red car, driving through the red light, clipped the silver car, went airborne and then became wrapped around a pole on the southeast corner of the intersection.

Police said the red car burst into flames before bystanders could try to pull the driver from the car. This driver, later identified as Tupoumalohi, died on impact.

Police said the driver of the silver car is expected to be OK.

Streets were closed in the area of the crash for several hours as authorities investigated, but the intersection reopened shortly after 7 p.m.

-Fox13, Salt Lake City


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