Two Davis County deputies were killed Monday when their motorcycle crashed into a pickup truck in South Weber, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Corporal Steven Lewis, 54, and Deputy Jennifer Turner, 39, had difficulty negotiating a turn when the motorcycle they were on collided with a truck that was hauling a trailer, according to a spokesperson with the Davis County Sheriff’s Office. The crash occurred just before 4 pm Monday afternoon on South Weber Drive.
Both deputies died in the crash, and the Utah Highway Patrol is investigating the collision, the spokesperson said.
Lewis joined the sheriff’s office in 2018 as a corrections deputy after six years of service in the Army, according to a news release. In 2019 he was honored by the Gang Investigators Association after he placed two homemade weapons on federal inmates housed at the Davis County Jail. In 2021, Lewis helped spearhead a recruitment and mentorship program within the sheriff’s office, and was promoted to the rank of corporal.
Last year, Lewis led the Davis County Honor Guard, and he was assigned last month to the sheriff’s firearms team.
Turner joined the sheriff’s office in May 2020, and initially served in the county’s corrections division. In 2022, she was elected to represent the corrections division as a board member for the Davis County Sheriff’s Employee Association.
Turner also worked with the county’s ankle monitor program in 2022. The program serves as an “alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders” that allows them to remain in the community and maintain employment while they participate in necessary treatment.
“The tragic passing of Corporal Steven Lewis and Deputy Jennifer Turner is devastating to all of us,” Sheriff Kelly V. Sparks said in the release. “Both were very impactful in their positions at the Sheriff’s Office and will be deeply missed. I know they were both excited about their future together.”
Davis Behavioral Health and an in-house therapist are providing support “for the foreseeable future” for staff at the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, according to the release.