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Pregnant woman among six victims in fatal Monticello crash

By Whitney Evans, Deseret News

Published: Mon, July 7 1:15 p.m. MDT

 A sixth person died Monday from injuries sustained in a crash that occurred on U.S. 191 outside Monticello Sunday afternoon.

A sixth person died Monday from injuries sustained in a crash that occurred on U.S. 191 outside Monticello Sunday afternoon.

(Courtesy Utah Highway Patrol)

MONTICELLO — Police have released the names of six people killed in a collision on U.S. 191 on Sunday, including one woman was pregnant.

A northbound Chrysler Town and Country van tried to pass another vehicle on the two-lane highway just before 2 p.m. It collided with a southbound Chrysler Crossfire, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Evan Kirby.

The Crossfire was pushed off an embankment and caught fire after the crash, which occurred in the area of Peters Hill, roughly 13 miles north of Monticello, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

Cody R. Farrabee, 22, of Queen Creek, Arizona, who was driving, and Rheana Hazel, 23, of Las Vegas, were in the Chrysler Crossfire and died Sunday. A UHP spokesperson confirmed Monday that Hazel was pregnant with the couple's first child.

Three people in a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country were killed Sunday: Samantha Blueeyes, 23, the driver of the vehicle; Alfreda A. Bowman, 28; and Esmerelda Velasquez, 11, all of Salt Lake City. Michael A. Blueeyes, 22, of Salt Lake City, died sometime between late Sunday and early Monday.

Travis L Howland, 24, of Salt Lake City, remains in extremely critical condition. He was a passenger in the van.

Those killed in the accident were among the nine fatalities that occurred in two accidents on Utah highways over the Fourth of July weekend, according to the UHP.

— Whitney Evans

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1. Gosh-DUH
Burlington, CT,
July 7, 2014

Sad for all the loss of life. Condolences to the many family and friends of the dead and injured.

2. GSnow20
Vernal, UT,
July 8, 2014

If Rheana Hazel was pregnant ? Wouldn't that mean 7 people had died ? Condolences to all the families.

3. NeilT
Clearfield, UT,
July 8, 2014

When is Utah going to get serious about enforcing traffic laws. Utah drivers are have no respect for the law. The first step would be to hire more UHP officers and compensate them enough so they will stay with the department. My condolences to the families of the victims. Zero fatalities is a worthwhile objective. Unfortunately it will never happen until drivers change their attitude. I was flipped off while driving on I-15 because someone thought I wasn't going fast enough.