A 21 year old Orem man was killed when he rolled an SUV on a steep mountainside in Utah County. A passenger sustained less serious injuries. The investigation continues to determine if alcohol was a factor in this crash.
On April 16, 2016, at about 5:30 PM, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of a rollover crash in the Chimney Rock Pass area of Utah County. This area is BLM land that is popular with off road vehicle enthusiasts. It is located about seven miles north of Elberta and five miles west of State Road 68. The crash occurred on a steep hillside 3/4 mile south of Chimney Rock Pass Road.
The passenger in this case, Braden Kocherhans, age 21, of Orem, is the registered owner of the SUV, a 1998 Ford Explorer. Kocherhans was wearing a seat belt. He reported that his friend was driving up a steep trail when the SUV began to lose traction. It then slid sideways and rolled about 200 yards down the mountain, landing on the wheels. The driver, Forrest James McCombs, age 21, also of Orem, sustained significant injuries to his head and body. Witnesses who were nearby attempted to revive McCombs but their efforts were not successful. An AirCare medical helicopter responded from Mountain View Hospital in Payson. After one of the helicopter crew members arrived with McCombs he was pronounced dead on scene.
Witnesses reported that McCombs and Kocherhans had been drinking alcohol earlier in the day. Deputies also found open containers of alcohol in the SUV. This investigation continues to determine if alcohol might have been a factor in this crash. McCombs' body has been taken to the Medical Examiner's office in Salt Lake where an autopsy will be conducted.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO