Provo accident leaves man in serious condition


    By Nate Bertasso

    The evening of July 9 a serious traffic accident on University Ave. left a man in critical condition.

    Sgt. Gary Hodson, investigating office of Provo Police Department, said Ethan Stephenson, 20, of Texas, was driving southbound on University Ave. in a 1995 Ford van towing a construction trailer.

    At 3700 N. University Ave. at approximately 9:30 p.m., Stephenson was ejected when his van collided with a 1997 Suzuki Esteen, driven by Brent Fishel, 22, of Provo, as Fishel travelling northbound attempted to make a left turn, Hodson said.

    Hodson said Stephenson was pinned between the trailer he was pulling and road after the trailer rolled on its side.

    Witnesses at the scene pulled Stephenson from beneath the trailer and initiated first aid until Provo paramedics and police arrived, Hodson said.

    Stephenson was transferred to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition after suffering head and chest trauma, Hodson said.

    James Zappe, 21, of Provo, was in the van without a seatbelt and sustained light abrasions and lacerations.

    Hodson said he was transported to UVRMC and was listed in fair condition.

    Hodson said Fishel and his passenger, Chava Gileada, 19, of Woodland Hills, were transported to UVRMC with abrasions and lacerations. He said Fishel is listed in serious condition. Gileada is listed in fair condition.

    Hodson said the accident is under investigation and no citations have been issued.

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