A Utah teen who died Friday when a sport-utility vehicle flipped on Interstate 15 has been identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office.
Stephanie Rodriguez, 16, of Spanish Fork, Utah, died from blunt-force head trauma, the coroner said. Rodriguez’s death was ruled an accident.
The single-vehicle accident sent six other people to the hospital, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
Troopers said Sonia Rodriguez, 40, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer on Interstate 15 near Moapa, which is northeast of Las Vegas, when a rear tire began to lose air.
Rodriguez was crossing into the right paved shoulder of the southbound lanes when she overcorrected to the left, causing the SUV to rotate counterclockwise, troopers said.
The Chevrolet's right-side wheels gouged into asphalt, overturning the vehicle, troopers said. The vehicle ultimately ended up on the opposite paved shoulder near the highway median.
Stephanie Rodriguez was ejected during the accident and pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.
Sonia Rodriguez, 37-year-old Margarita Flores and a 9-year-old boy were taken by helicopter to University Medical Center, troopers said. Three other passengers — 19-year-old Viridiana Rodriguez, a 16-year-old girl and 7-year-old girl — also were transported by ambulance to UMC, authorities said.
Flores and the 9-year-old boy were admitted to the hospital, but their current conditions have not been released, Trooper Loy Hixson said. The others were treated and released.
Coroner IDs Utah teen as victim in fatal I-15 rollover crash