Driver who hit and killed BYU student was off-duty police officer, Utah County Sheriff’s Office confirms
Mar 16, 2021, 5:04 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 12:55 pm
(Photo credit: Provo City Police)
PROVO, Utah– The driver involved in a traffic accident that killed a 22-year-old BYU student in Provo on Tuesday was an off-duty deputy officer with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, the office confirmed Thursday.
The officer was driving his personal vehicle when he T-boned the driver’s side of the car belonging to Joseph Spencer, authorities said.
Sgt. Spencer Cannon told KSL NewsRadio the officer is a member of the Utah County Metro SWAT team and was heading to a SWAT-related incident in Pleasant Grove. He was driving an unmarked, personal car.
As the investigation into the 3/16/21 fatal crash in Provo continues, @ProvoPolice are working with the Officer Involved Critical Incident Team. The driver of the truck is a @UCSO Deputy who was going to the SWAT incident in Pleasant Grove.
— Spencer Cannon (@SGTCannonPIO) March 18, 2021
Cannon confirmed the sheriff’s office has activated its ‘Officer-Involved Critical Incident’ protocols in response.
Authorities identified Joseph Spencer as the fatal crash victim late Tuesday. Police state the BYU student was from northern Utah and pronounced dead at the scene.
Sgt. Nisha King with the Provo Police Department said Spencer was pulling out of a Taco Bell when he was struck by another car in “kind of a T-Bone accident” on the driver’s side door.
Correction: A previous version of the article stated Joseph Spencer was 23. He was 22 years old at the time of the accident.