A man was shot and killed after a high speed chase and crash on I-15 in Willard late Friday night. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, reports started coming in at about 10:15 p.m. of a maroon GMC Denali traveling recklessly and at a high rate of speed heading north on I-15. The vehicle eventually crashed and the driver was shot by officers.
The vehicle was first observed traveling in excess of 100 mph in Davis County and passing vehicles in the emergency lanes. Several attempts were made by officers to get into position to stop the vehicle. They were unsuccessful, due to the high rate of speed of the vehicle.
The vehicle continued to travel northbound on I-15 through Davis and Weber County. Multiple calls were made by motorists in both counties to report the reckless vehicle. Around exit 357 in Box Elder County, for some unknown reason, the vehicle veered to the right shoulder and went into a ditch and crashed.
Officers made contact with the driver at which time tazer deployment occurred and shots were fired. The driver was shot and transported to McKay-Dee hospital where he died. It is not known at this time whether or not the driver exchanged fire with officers before being killed. KUTV-TV reports the driver was Cody Ramseyer of Draper, a father of six children.
The freeway was temporarily closed in both directions and traffic was diverted onto Highway 89 to determine that there was no further danger to the public.
The male driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle and officers determined there was no further danger to the public. Southbound I-15 was open shortly thereafter but northbound I-15 was closed for five hours as the investigation continued. Both directions were reopened early Saturday morning.
The actions of the driver and the officers involved are under investigation. More information will be released as the investigation continues. If anyone has any information regarding the incident, including witnesses who observed the maroon GMC Denali traveling on I-15 prior to the crash, they are asked to contact Box Elder County public safety dispatch at 435-734-3800.