Police wrap up accident investigation


Utah authorities have nearly wrapped up an investigation into Friday's accident that killed 14-year-old Justin Hicks.

Ken Pitts, trooper with the Utah Highway Patrol, said the accident has been attributed to "improper lookout" by the driver, 16-year-old Gatlynn Hicks, the sister of Justin Hicks.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected in the accident, Pitts said.

Gatlynn Hicks had looked to check on her brother, who was asleep in the car's back seat, before losing control of the vehicle 17 miles west of Richfield, Utah, on Interstate 70.

The car went off the right side of the road, then overcorrected back into traffic before rolling three times. Justin died of injuries suffered in the roll, while Gatlynn suffered minor injuries.

Megan Armstrong, 18, a passenger, suffered back injuries and was treated along with Gatlynn at a nearby hospital.

Family and friends this Sunday are planning tributes to Justin Hicks -- including a gathering at 1 p.m. on Douglas Mountain -- a two-hour drive from the Maybell Store. Take Highway 318, approximately 25 to 30 miles to the Langly Draw turn-off. The road from the Langly Draw turn-off to the service will be flagged, according to information from the Hicks family.

Transportation may be arranged through the family by calling 272-3206.

Those unable to attend the 1p.m. services can meet at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Craig Middle School football field, and noon at the Maybell Park.

The family also invites contributions to a memory box -- to be buried on Douglas Mountain at a later date.

All contents will be kept confidential and sealed.

Contributions may be dropped off at Craig Middle School, the Maybell Store or mailed to Justin Hicks, P.O. Box 41, Maybell, CO 81640.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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