Payson Driver Killed In Highway 87 Crash


A Payson man was killed early Wednesday when, police say, he miscalculated a curve, lost control of his car, and was thrown from the vehicle as it careened down Highway 87.

The man was identified by Department of Public Safety officials as 59-year-old Robert West.

At about 2:07 a.m. near milepost 270 on Highway 87, West was driving his blue 2001 Dodge pickup southbound at "a high rate of speed" when he "failed to negotiate the turn as the road curved left," DPS Officer Bernadette Koren said. "He lost control several times and was ejected from the vehicle, (which) came to rest on the northbound shoulder."

Koren could not say if West was killed instantly from the crash. "All that I know is that he was deceased at the collision scene," she said.

The exact rate of West's speed at the time of the collision, and whether alcohol was involved, are still under investigation, Koren said.

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