Utah CEO and teenage daughter killed after bulldozer falls on their truck

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The Utah CEO of an outdoor furniture company and his 16-year-old daughter have been killed after a bulldozer fell on top of their truck.

Richard David Hendrickson, 57, and his daughter Sally were killed on a state highway in Ogden Canyon on Saturday afternoon when a mini bulldozer broke free from a tow truck during a right-hand curve, according to the state's department of public safety.

Hendrickson and Sally, who lived in Uintah, were pronounced dead on the scene inside a GMC pickup truck that was towing a boat, state officials said in a news release.

Hendrickson was the CEO and president of Lifetime Products, which announced his death in a news release posted later that day. Hendrickson's wife and two of their other children also sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the accident while another daughter was traveling overseas at the time, the company said.

"It is with profound sadness that we announce the tragic and sudden passing of our CEO and President, Richard David Hendrickson, in a car accident," the statement reads. "This heartbreaking incident also claimed the life of one of his daughters, Sally."

A mini bulldozer broke free from tow truck during a right curve State Route 39 in Ogden Canyon, Utah on July 6, 2024 killing a 57-year-old father and his 16-year-old daughter.
A mini bulldozer broke free from tow truck during a right curve State Route 39 in Ogden Canyon, Utah on July 6, 2024 killing a 57-year-old father and his 16-year-old daughter.

Utah Governor calls Hendrickson a 'friend and incredible leader'

Republican Utah Gov. Spencer Cox offered his condolences on X.

"Richard was a friend and incredible leader," Cox wrote. "We are heartbroken by his tragic passing with his daughter Sally. We mourn with the surviving members of his family and pray they will find comfort and healing."

Hendrickson was a visionary and a friend to many at Lifetime Products, according to the company. He was known for his "uniquely broad and extensive set of talents," a "legendary" mechanical aptitude and a "special" ability to connect with people.

"Richard started as a welder and progressed through multiple levels of the company to become President and CEO due to his extraordinary talents and abilities," Barry Mower, who founded Lifetime Products in 1986, said in a statement. "He was one of my most trusted and cherished friends and will be sorely missed. Lifetime will not be the same without him."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Bulldozer falls on truck in Utah, killing CEO and his teenage daughter

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