Driver in wrong-way crash that killed 2 people in other car has died

Posted at 5:03 PM, Jul 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 19:03:38-04

FILLMORE, Utah — The driver of a Jeep that was traveling the wrong way on I-15 and collided with another car Wednesday has died Thursday due to injuries suffered in the crash.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, 18-year-old Jessie N. Wilkerson of St. George was pinned beneath a vehicle following the wrong-way crash and had to be extricated, and Thursday officials stated Wilkerson had died.

The crash also killed two people in the other vehicle and left a third person in critical condition. While it is not clear why the woman was driving north in the southbound lanes, troopers did locate a bottle of alcohol in Wilkerson’s car. There were also a report prior to the crash of a Jeep driving recklessly in the area.

The man who was killed was identified as 25-year-old Larry J. Martin of West Jordan. Police said the man was driving the other vehicle and was wearing a seat belt. He was killed on impact.

Police identified the female passenger who was killed as 27-year-old Kaela Hernandez of American Fork. Authorities stated she was sleeping in the rear seat and was not restrained. She was ejected during the crash and killed on impact.

The male passenger who suffered critical injuries was identified as 29-year-old Joseph C. Martin of Eagle Mountain. He was wearing a seat belt.