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Road rage incident in Utah County leads to head-on crash, killing 2 uninvolved victims

Victims identified as man & woman from Salt Lake area
Posted at 3:09 PM, Jun 04, 2023

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah — Two people died Sunday after their vehicle was hit by a pickup truck that was involved in a separate road rage incident.

According to the Utah County Sheriff's Office, a Nissan Maxima and a Ford F-150 were initially involved in a road rage incident around 1:30 p.m. near the Eagle Mountain city center. The driver of the Nissan later told police that the Ford pulled out in front of him.

The two vehicles then drove north on Eagle Mountain Blvd. and turned east onto State Route 73 (Cedar Fort Road), while they "continued the road rage," Sgt. Spencer Cannon said.

Shortly after heading east on SR-73, the Nissan's driver said the truck was following close behind him, then pulled onto the right-hand-side emergency lane and rammed his car from the side.

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That's when the truck apparently lost control and went into the oncoming lane, where it hit a westbound Porsche 911 head-on.

There were two people in the Porsche, which was not involved in the road rage incident. Both victims died from their injuries at the scene. They were later identified as 48-year-old Rodney Michal Salm of Salt Lake City and 47-year-old Michaela Himmleberger of Holladay.

The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the Nissan driver was interviewed as part of the investigation.

The sheriff's office said the F-150 driver will face criminal charges. It has not yet been determined what the charges will be.

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Any witnesses to the crash or the earlier road rage incident are urged to contact the Utah County Sheriff's Office Investigations Bureau at (801)851-4010 if they haven't yet given a statement to investigators.