Police Hope Deadly Utah Incident Reminds Drivers of Dangers of Driving with Snow Covered Windshields

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Updated: 2/25/2013 7:10 pm

We all know it isn’t safe to drive with an obstructed view yet many of us do it anyway. There are thousands of trips like this every year and most of the time they end without incident. However, a deadly crash in Utah is sending shockwaves to drivers throughout the cold weather states.

It’s not known how far Maria Fregoso-Avina drove with a windshield covered in frost, except for a small circle cleared in front of driver’s side seat. This may not have even been the first time, but it will likely be the last time.

That’s because a deadly incident occurred the morning after Valentine’s Day. Douglas Crow had taken the day off and was enjoying a bike ride. He stopped to wait for an oncoming FrontRunner train when police say Maria’s car smacked into his bicycle, sending him into the path of the train. The incident took this father of seven who was just one year away from retirement, away forever.

Maria Fregoso-Avina, 49, was arrested for investigation of negligent homicide, improper lookout and driving with an obstructed windshield. The family received word of her arrest on eve of Douglas Crow’s funeral.

In Idaho, just like in Utah, there are laws against driving with an obstructed view and the Pocatello Police Department enforces them every winter.

Provo Police say the driver is here illegally from Mexico and was using someone else’s driver’s license at the time of the fatal crash.  

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