Fatal Car Crash Ends in Foot Chase and Arrests

A tragic fatal crash that took place early Monday morning on Highway 40 was followed by two people fleeing the scene and eventually being arrested. According to Utah Highway Patrol, a 2005 Chrysler Sebring was traveling westbound on Highway 40 about 15 miles west of Vernal around 5:30am when, for an unknown reason, the driver of the Sebring crossed over the center median nearly perpendicular to the roadway and was struck by a 2001 GMC Denali that was traveling eastbound. “The driver of the Sebring, Joshua Beasley, age 30, from Vernal, died on impact,” shares UHP. “The two male occupants of the Denali fled the scene of the crash on foot. They were tracked down and apprehended by the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office and Vernal Police Department. One of the occupants of the Denali has a $25,000 dollar warrant.” The pair was found about one mile from the crash. After being evaluated by medical personnel, both were booked into the Uintah County Jail on charges of leaving the scene of an injury/fatal crash. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Joshua Beasley at this devastating time. 

Photo Credits: DPS News  

Photo Credits: DPS News  


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.