Husband ran over wife at Salt Lake airport, killing her after returning from vacation, police say

A woman died and her husband has been arrested and accused of running her over at the Salt Lake City International Airport after they returned from a vacation Monday. (Salt Lake Police)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A 38-year-old man was arrested Monday after police say he ran about his wife in the parking structure at the Salt Lake City International Airport, killing her.

The incident occurred as the couple had returned home from vacation, according to police.

Shawn Christopher Sturgeon, 38, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of “automobile homicide criminal negligence DUI of alcohol-drugs,” according to jail records.

The incident happened on the second level of the short-term parking garage at the airport about 2:40 pm Charlotte Sturgeon, 29, was struck by an SUV driven by her husband, according to police. The couple had just arrived in Salt Lake City after being on vacation.

“Shortly after the crash, (Shawn) Sturgeon drove the vehicle, with his wife critically injured inside, to the airport parking payment booths where he asked for help,” according to a statement from Salt Lake police.

Emergency crews responded and found the couple at the toll booths, Salt Lake Police Sgt. Mark Wian said. Paramedics attempted livesaving efforts before transporting Charlotte Sturgeon to a local hospital in critical condition where she died a short time later, police say.

Police have not released a possible motive for the incident, nor have they said whether they believe Sturgeon hit his wife on purpose. According to Utah law, a person can been arrested for investigation of automobile homicide if the driver “operates a motor vehicle in a negligent manner causing the death of another” and has a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit of 0.05%.

This story will be updated.

Pat Reavy is a police and courts reporter at

Arianne Brown is a breaking news reporter for She also enjoys finding and sharing stories of everyday Utahns, a talent she developed over several years of freelance writing for various Utah news outlets.

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