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LAYTON — Two people were killed late Tuesday when a man driving the wrong way on U.S. 89 in Layton crossed into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle head-on.
The wrong-way driver was a suspect in a domestic violence case who two minutes earlier had attempted to speed away from officers, according to Layton police.
Just before 11 p.m., Layton police were called to home on a report of a domestic violence situation. Dispatchers also received reports that a 30-year-old man in the house was suicidal, said Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman.
As officers were responding to the call, they spotted the man driving away from the house, Lyman said. An officer attempted to pull the car over at 11:06 p.m. by turning on his red and blue lights, but the man sped away.
Layton police did not chase the man, according to Lyman. The officer was immediately instructed not to engage in a pursuit, and turned off his lights.
Just two minutes later, at 11:08 p.m., police received a report of a crash on U.S. 89 near Tanglewood Drive. Investigators discovered the man from the domestic violence call had gone into oncoming traffic and slammed head-on with a northbound vehicle, he said.
Both the man and the driver of the other vehicle, a 51-year-old woman, were killed.
Detectives were investigating whether the man purposely hit another vehicle.
The names of the deceased were not immediately released.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Source:: Deseret News – Utah News
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