A 33 year old Orem woman was found dead in her car off the road in Diamond Fork Canyon in Utah County. The car appeared to have gone off the road as it rounded a curve. Alcohol may be a factor.
Just before 11:00 AM on April 24, 2013, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a car crash in the Diamond Fork Canyon area of Spanish Fork Canyon. Witnesses reported they found a four door passenger car about 10 feet down an embankment in the Diamond Fork River. This river is very small and water was not a threat in this crash. A woman was found deceased in the front seat of the car.
When deputies arrived they were able to identify the victim as Heidi Bascom, age 33, of Orem. Video evidence from the entrance to Diamond Fork Canyon shows the victim's car entering the area around 6:00 PM on April 23. The location of the crash is about 11 miles north of Highway 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon. While details are not completely clear, it appears that the car left the road to the right, went down the embankment, and settled upright on rocks and boulders in the middle of the river. The car did not overturn. The victim was not wearing a seatbelt. Evidence at the scene suggests that alcohol may be a factor in this crash. Bascom's body was taken to the Office of Medical Examiner in Salt Lake. Autopsy results will not be available for several weeks. It is believed that Bascom was the only occupant of the car at the time of the crash.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912