By Dyna Folkersen
MANTI— A one-car crash on Main Street in Manti claimed the life of Fayette resident, Sheri Betty Mellor, 41, on Saturday morning.
According to authorities, the accident took place at 6:20 a.m. when a Honda Accord was driving south on Main Street. The vehicle crossed left of the center lane, over two lanes of traffic, and hit a curb on the east side of the street before driving directly into a large tree.
Mellor, the only occupant in the vehicle, died at the scene.
Sgt. Cameron Roden of the Utah Highway Patrol stated that fatigue may have been a factor.
“With her running over two lanes of traffic, hitting a curb and inevitably running into a tree, we do see fatigue as a contributing factor in the accident,” Roden said.
Especially around the holidays, Roden noted that crashes are often the result of driving fatigued. “People are traveling to see loved ones, and fatigue is a primary contributing factor this time of year,” he added.
“We are asking drivers to rotate drivers or, if driving alone and feeling fatigued, to pull over and get some sleep. These are the best options versus losing a life,” Roden said.
It took the Utah Highway Patrol approximately three hours to clean up the accident.
Mellor was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and actively participated in the Boy Scout program with her son, Kayden.
Mellor leaves behind her son, Kayden, and her parents, Gerald and Margene Mellor of Fayette.