MORGAN — Investigators do not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in a high-speed, single-car crash on Interstate 84 that that killed two people.
Andrea L. Kaiser, 25, of Clinton, and Nathan T. Imes, 28, of Ogden, were pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday night, according to Utah Highway Patrol.
According to their Facebook pages, Kaiser and Imes were a couple.
Officers said the 2004 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling west on I-84 around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at high speeds. A Morgan County sheriff’s deputy captured on radar the car going 118 mph. He attempted to stop the vehicle, but lost sight of it because of the high speed.
When the deputy came around a curve at Mile Marker 104, he found the crash scene. The vehicle had hit a rock wall, then a guardrail and rolled. The force of the crash dislodged the engine and ejected both passengers.
Neither Imes nor Kaiser was wearing a seat belt, officers said.
The Jetta wound up on its roof.
UHP Sgt. John Ely said officers do not know why the two were in the area or driving so fast.
The crash remains under investigation.
Kaiser worked as a supervisor at Lifetime Products, a retailer for furniture and outdoor or sports equipment.
She graduated from Clearfield High School in 2005.
Imes also worked at Lifetime Products at some point, according to his Facebook page. He graduated from Northridge High School.
As the news broke, friends and family expressed their grief across the social network.
Keellee Noneya wrote, “Oh brother my heart is just broken right now” on Imes’ page.
Below that, Chelesey Hudleston posted, “I’m a wreck right now omg unbelievable.”
A candlelight vigil with close friends and family was held Thursday night at the Imes residence in Clinton.
Standard-Examiner reporter Michael McFall contributed to this story.