Ashley HallstromAge 26
14 Oct 2015
Logan, Utah (USA)
Ashley's body was found on a rural highway soon after she tragically killed herself by walking into traffic.
Before she died, the transgender woman took to Facebook to post her last words and called for change to stop the persecution of the trans community, which went viral.
On the morning of Wednesday, October 14, the body of Ashley Hallstrom was found in Logan, a town in the state of Utah, in the United States. Ashley had thrown herself against a truck to end her life, but before that she left one last testimonial on social media Facebook and Reddit, where she was a very active contributor. Ashley wanted her story to be broadcast so that her sad ending would at least serve to raise awareness about the unbearable discrimination suffered by transgender people.
Shortly after posting the note, at around 11:15 a.m. on Oct.14, Hallstrom stepped into traffic and was hit by a large construction dump truck on U.S. Hwy 89/91 south of Logan, Utah. “According to witnesses and information that we gathered on the scene, it appears that the pedestrian had jumped in front of that northbound vehicle,” Logan City Police Capt. Tyson Budge told the Cache Valley Daily. “We believe that the act was intentional. Evidence at the scene gave every indication that the driver had attempted to swerve and brake, to avoid the collision but was unable to do so.”
Hallstrom, a police statement read, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver of the truck was taken to hospital for medical care. Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen did not return a request for comment.