2 Ironman triathletes injured in Utah crash less than a mile from April wreck that killed 2 cyclists

In April, two brothers from California were hit and killed on the same street in Washington City.

(Alastair Lee Bitsóí | The Salt Lake Tribune) Two ghost bikes honor the lives of Bullard brothers Adam, 49, and Matthew, 48, who were killed when they were hit by a car in Washington City on April 9, 2022. Two Ironman triathletes were hit and injured by a car near this location on Saturday October 29, 2022.

Two cyclists competing in Saturday’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship were injured when they crashed into a car that was landing at the triathlon track in southern Utah.

The spot where they crashed into the vehicle, on Telegraph Street and Slow Creek Lane in Washington City, is less than a mile from where two brothers were hit and killed in April while competing in the Spring bike race Tour of St. George drove.

Two white “ghost bikes” mark the spot where California brothers Adam Bullard, 49, and Matthew Bullard, 48, were fatally hit by a woman who told police she was having a medical incident at the time. The roadside memorial was erected in the days following the crash.

The driver of the April wreck, 47-year-old Julie Ann Budge, has been charged with multiple felonies, including DUI and automobile murder, according to court documents filed in the 5th Circuit Court.

Around 11 a.m. Saturday, a 68-year-old woman was traveling west on Telegraph Street as she attempted to make a right onto Slow Creek Lane, according to a press release from the Washington City Police Department.

That turn led her onto the triathlon course, where she reportedly stopped her car. When she was stopped at the racetrack, two men speeding on bicycles collided with her vehicle, the press release said.

The drivers suffered “serious bodily injuries,” according to a probable cause document. One driver was having trouble breathing when emergency services arrived and the other had a broken arm, requiring a police officer to apply a tourniquet, the document said.

The two men were taken to a hospital where they remained until Monday afternoon.

The 68-year-old driver told police that she smoked marijuana and had illegal narcotics in her car that morning, the document said. She was the only person in the vehicle.

Witnesses told police the woman also disobeyed a flagman involved in the event.

“Our prayers, concerns and thoughts are with the athletes and their families at this difficult time,” police said in a statement. “We encourage residents to be vigilant when major events are coming to our community and to exercise caution when roads are closed and traffic patterns are changing. It is never acceptable to drive under the influence of illegal substances.”

Investigators thought the woman was intoxicated and arrested her, the document said. She was reported on suspicion of negligently operating a vehicle resulting in serious bodily harm and disrespecting a flagman. The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not identify suspects unless they have been formally charged with a crime.

Washington City Mayor Kress Staheli did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

The Ironman 70.3 event is considered half Ironman and consists of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run, making 70.3 miles of competition. The full Ironman World Championship 2021 was held in St. George in May.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/10/31/utah-woman-strikes-injures-2/ 2 Ironman triathletes injured in Utah crash less than a mile from April wreck that killed 2 cyclists

Justin Scacco

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