NORTH SALT LAKE -- Utah Highway Patrol troopers are investigating what caused a Bountiful man to crash his car moments before he died.
Berton L. Stephens, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene Monday night at the accident on Interstate 215.
Stephens was driving a 2004 Honda Accord going north on I-215 when he rear-ended a 2009 Nissan Altima at freeway speeds just before the road splits to the Legacy Highway.
Stephens continued past the Nissan as I-215 began to curve, and then he sideswiped the barrier wall several times as he rounded the bend. He then accelerated as he entered the median, troopers said.
Stephens traveled up a large embankment, crossed the I-215 travel lanes and entered the westbound I-215 on-ramp from Redwood Road, traveling into oncoming traffic, and hit a 2008 Jeep Commander, troopers said. The Jeep rolled down the embankment, through a fence and came to rest on its wheels on the Legacy Parkway bike path.
Troopers are investigating a medical condition as being the potential cause of the accident. The driver of the Altima, Nathan A. Monson, 33, of Woods Cross, was not injured. The driver of the Jeep, Juan Garcia, 46, of West Valley, was transported to a Salt Lake City hospital in critical condition.