LOGAN — Law enforcement officials have identified the 64-year-old man who died in a car crash Friday night west of Logan. The accident remains under investigation as troopers continue to try and determine exactly what happened.
Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry said Clair B. Peterson died as a result of the crash, which may have been intentional. The 64-year-old Logan man was driving a blue Chrysler 300 M westbound on Valley View Highway, SR-30, around 7:42 p.m.
Just past the city limit, the vehicle drifted across the eastbound lane and went off the roadway, traveling onto the shoulder, through a run off ditch and striking a concrete wall. It continued a short distance more, coming to a rest on the south shoulder in the ditch.
When witnesses and Logan City Police officers arrived on the scene, Peterson was unconscious and slumped over the steering wheel. The car was locked so a police officer broke the rear passenger window. Medical personnel extricated Peterson and transported him to Logan Regional Hospital, where it appeared he died as a result of a knife stab wound to the heart area of his chest.
Perry said an investigation was done, examining the crash and the stabbing. The crash appeared to have been caused by Peterson’s stab wound that caused him to lose consciousness and allowed the car to veer off the roadway to the south.
Troopers believe that based on evidence gathered, it appears that the stab wound was self-inflicted and that it was the cause of death. There were no additional suspects and no other vehicles involved.