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Man whose body was found on I-80 had gotten into argument with friends

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Posted at 12:57 PM, Jul 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-14 17:40:04-04

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — The man whose body was found in a remote part of Interstate 80 in Tooele County early Tuesday had been in an argument with friends and exited a vehicle they had been traveling in.

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Utah Highway Patrol officials say a vehicle ran over the body of 27-year-old Filiberto Tapia-Guerrero around 3:05 a.m. as it lay in the right lane of eastbound I-80 near milepost 25.

Friends of Tapia-Guerrero contacted UHP and told them he was intoxicated as they were all driving in the same vehicle. Following an argument, Tapia-Guerrero "tried to exit the vehicle several times while they were driving," according to officials.

Tapia-Guerrero finally left the vehicle and told his friends that someone else was coming to give him a ride.

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Soon after leaving their friend behind, dispatch received calls of a body on the highway.

UHP says an investigation into the man's death is ongoing.