‘Bridgerton’ author’s father, sister killed in Utah crash

U.S. & World

KAYSVILLE, Utah (KTVX) – The author behind “Bridgerton,” now a popular Netflix series, says her father and sister were killed in a crash in northern Utah.

On June 30, the Utah Highway Patrol responded to a chain reaction wreck in Kaysville, about 20 miles north of Salt Lake City, as vehicles attempted to avoid a load of canvas bags lost by a catering company along I-15.

According to UHP, two vehicles stopped, or nearly stopped, for the debris. A Ford F-250 failed to stop for the halted traffic, colliding with a Toyota Prius out of California. The Prius then struck a Chevy Malibu.

Two occupants in the Prius died at the scene while another was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital. The occupants in the Malibu were transported by ground in serious condition, according to UHP.

The driver of the pickup truck was arrested for a DUI.

UHP has since identified the victims as 77-year-old Stephen Cotler of California and 37-year-old Ariana Cotler – otherwise known by her pen name Violet Charles – of North Salt Lake.

Julia Quinn, author of “Bridgerton,” posted to Facebook Wednesday, saying, “I have lost my father and sister.”

A post to Stephen Cotler’s Facebook page says Charles’ service dog Michelle also perished in the crash.

“I have lost my father, and I don’t have my sister with whom to grieve,” Quinn continues. “I have lost my sister Violet Charles, with whom I had just finished writing a graphic novel. It was dedicated to our father. It will still be dedicated to our father. It won’t be a surprise anymore, but I’d like to think he suspected we’d do it. He knew us so well. He was our dad.”

There is no word yet on if the suspect driver arrested for a DUI has been charged.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending on NBC4i.com

Today's Central OH Forecast

Get severe weather email alerts

Don't Miss

Local News

Whitehall faces new school year after death of superintendent: Dr. Lucas steps into gap

Gov. Mike DeWine on masking in schools

Full news conference: Gov. Mike DeWine and college leaders from around Ohio

Ohio plan for in-person learning this fall

$250,000 bond for man charged in Lithopolis crash that killed 9-year old

Updated Morning Forecast: July 26, 2021

More Local News