Home » News
Home » News

Trooper: Helmet helps motorcyclist in Summit County crash

Published August 3, 2014 3:03 pm
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

A California motorcyclist was fortunate to be wearing his helmet when he crashed in Summit County, troopers say.

Darrell Kuntz, 27, was riding with three other motorcyclists when they approached a turn in Interstate 80, near mile marker 179, and Kuntz failed to make the turn, said Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Lawrence Hopper. Troopers believe Kuntz was fatigued, which led to the accident, Hopper added.

Kuntz slid into the median and hit the cable barrier with his head — "but he was wearing his helmet. We can't stress enough, this is a great example as to why helmets are so important," Hopper said.

Though a helicopter was originally called out for him, Kuntz was taken in an ambulance to a local hospital in fair condition, the trooper said.

"He suffered some neck and back injuries and some road rash … but nothing that he won't fully recover from," Hopper said.

Both directions of travel on I-80 at the accident site, which is several miles northeast of Echo Reservoir, was shut down for a little more than an hour.


Twitter: @mikeypanda




Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
comments powered by Disqus