Names released in multiple-vehicle accident near Moab

Posted at 8:43 AM, Aug 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-18 10:43:32-04

GRAND COUNTY — Utah Highway Patrol released the names, Sunday, of the victims in a fatal multiple-vehicle accident.

Three people were killed after three vehicles collided south of Moab Friday afternoon.

Juan Vidales, 54, and Stephanie Vidales, 27, both of Saginaw, Texas, were killed in the crash. They were passengers in a Nissan Maxima.

Arthur Loewen, 69, of Perry, Ga., was also killed. He was a passenger in a Cadillac the Nissan collided with.

At approximately 3 p.m. David Lewis, 28, driver of the Nissan Maxima, was traveling south when he reportedly tried to pass a semi in a no passing zone on State Route 191. During the attempt, the motorist struck a vehicle traveling north, UHP officials said.

The Nissan glanced off a Hyundai in the northbound lane and began to spin out of control down the road, according to a UHP press release.

As the Nissan spun, it was struck on the passenger door by a Cadillac traveling north.

The Nissan came to rest in the center of the road and the Cadillac rotated off the shoulder and stopped, the release stated.

Stephanie Vidales, who was in the back seat, was ejected and died. Juan Vidales was killed on impact.

Lillian Vidales, age 10, of Saginaw, Texas, was ejected from the back seat and sustained minor injuries. She was transported to San Juan Hospital.

Lewis also received minor injuries and was transported to San Juan Hospital.

Occupants from the Cadillac also sustained injuries and one fatality. Loewen was killed on impact.

Linda Loewen, age 67, from Perry, Ga., received serious injuries and was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Rear passenger Terry Smith, 66, of Elreno, Okla., was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction on serious injuries.

The occupants of the Hyundai received minor injuries.

A motorist in a Toyota Camry traveling behind the Hyundai sustained damaged from flying debris. The driver was not injured.