On August 25, 2019, at approximately 3:35 p.m., three vehicles were traveling southbound on SR-89 near milepost 84, south of Orderville. In that area, there are two travel lanes, one in each direction, and the posted speed limit is 55 MPH. The rear vehicle was a white pickup, the middle vehicle a U-Haul truck and the front vehicle a passenger car.

The white pickup moved to pass the other two vehicles in a passing zone. As the pickup began to pass the U-Haul, the U-Haul’s driver moved left to pass the car. This forced the pickup off the roadway and down an embankment, where it began to roll. The three rear passengers in the pickup were not wearing seat belts and were ejected as the pickup rolled. The driver and front passenger were wearing their seat belts, and only suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

Charlee Noteman was in the back seat and died on scene from injuries caused by being ejected. The other two rear passengers were severely injured and were transported by medical helicopter. Information released from the Utah Department of Public Safety (UDPS) said it is likely the rear passengers would not have been as severely injured had they been properly restrained.

The driver of the U-Haul didn’t stop at the scene, but UDPS said, it is possible the driver “may not have realized their movement forced the pickup off the road.” That U-haul truck has since been located.

An account has been set up at State Bank of Southern Utah to assist the family with expenses. Bank manager Danny Johnson said, “Just come in and make a donation, or you can go online and donate through GoFundMe.” 

The GoFundMe account states, “The Noteman kids Charlee, Wyatt, Jesee, their friend David and cousin Lincoln were involved in a tragic auto accident. Unfortunately, Charlee succumbed to her injuries. The others involved are all receiving medical attention and will be recovering from their injuries.

As friends and neighbors, we would like to help Charlee’s parents, Rhett Noteman and Cynthia Sherwood, pay for Charlee’s memorial and any other expenses related to this incident. Charlee is the granddaughter of Mike and Laurali Noteman and Mac and Leslie McPherson. We ask that people please donate so Charlee’s parents will not have to worry about the financial stress of a funeral, missed days at work etc. We know the upcoming days, weeks, and months will be full of sadness and if we can ease their burden in anyway we want to help.”