April 29, 2010
Sevier County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Franco R. Aguilar died instantly as the result of a fall from a freeway overpass.
Sergeant Aguilar had responded to the scene of a one-car traffic crash atop the Fish Creek overpass on Interstate 70, approximately 12 miles east of Interstate 15. While Sgt. Franco was investigating the incident, the driver of an approaching vehicle lost control on the icy road due to excessive speed. He collided with the first vehicle. Sgt. Aguilar was knocked from the overpass and fell 250 feet to his death. He is survived by his wife and five children.
In 2011, the driver who struck the stopped vehicles pled guilty to a charge of negligent homicide.
The bronze memorial name plaque of Sergeant Franco R. Aguilar is sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fort Duchesne.