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1 dead, 1 critical after married couple on bicycles hit by car in Orem

Posted at 3:54 PM, Oct 03, 2015

OREM, Utah -- A husband and wife were fighting for their lives after getting hit by a car while riding their bikes in Orem Saturday afternoon, and later Saturday night authorities stated the wife had died as a result of her injuries.

The accident took place at the intersection of 800 East and University Parkway around 3 p.m.

The victims are 55-year-old Kevin Bown and his wife 51-year-old Stacy Bown.

Just after 9 p.m. Saturday, police stated Stacy Bown had passed away and that "our thoughts and prayers are with her family."

Kevin Bown remains in critical condition.

The couple was only a few blocks from home when they were hit by the car. Police said the couple did not have time to react.

"They were just out for a bike ride on a Saturday, and unfortunately it ended very tragically," said Lt. Craig Martinez of the Orem Police Department.

According to Orem police, Kevin and Stacy Bown were in the right of way and doing everything correctly when it comes to cycling.

"Following all the rules, wearing their helmets, but unfortunately right now they are both in the hospital in critical condition," Martinez said prior to Stacy passing away.

Police said a 26-year-old Provo man, driving a Honda Civic, ran the red light and plowed right into the husband and wife.

"From all witnesses that we interviewed, he didn't even touch the brakes, so something is going on," Martinez said.

Police are still investigating what may have caused the driver to ignore the red light. They did say he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but he is still facing multiple charges. Police believe he was most likely distracted.

"That's always my opinion, being the pessimist I am, but that's always something that we are going to look into," Martinez said. "Using his cell phone, messing with the radio, something like that, so that's going to be something that could add to this."

A family friend of the Bowns said the family is requesting their privacy at this time, but he also asked for the community to pray for their recovery.