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Utah woman killed in Bountiful construction zone accident, alcohol may be cause

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Posted at 1:58 PM, Feb 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-10 16:01:30-05

BOUNTIFUL, Utah - Family and friends of 27-year-old Sarah O'Connor Green are remembering her after she was killed in an early morning accident in Bountiful.

Police said they believe the driver involved was drunk.

Authorities were called to the northbound lanes of I-15 near 400 N. in the construction zone at about 3 a.m.

Utah Highway Patrol Troopers said the woman behind the wheel, 39-year-old Sandy resident Misty Davis, is going to recover from minor injuries but she could be facing serious felony charges depending on the results of her blood test after the crash.

Her front seat passenger, Green, was not wearing a seat belt and was killed.

Troopers said Davis was driving north on I-15 in Bountiful when she missed a turn and slammed into a UDOT work zone.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Mike McKay said, "Crashed through some barrels, entered a construction area and struck a construction vehicle that was parked."

Workers at the site saw the car speeding towards them and had enough time to get out of the pickup truck that was hit.

Officials said Green wasn't wearing a seat belt and died shortly after impact.

Davis was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and is expected to recover.

Investigators said they don't know where Davis and Green were going at 3 a.m. or why but said this accident appears to be a perfect storm of bad decisions.

"When we look at the factors in this crash, when we look at the passenger not wearing a seat belt, the driver possibly being intoxicated, this crash is 100 percent preventable," Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said.

Sgt. Royce said the only good news is no UDOT workers were injured.

Officials will determine whether or not charges will be filed against Davis after the results of her blood test are confirmed.