VERNAL — A Jensen man accused of killing a teenager while texting and driving has been ordered to stand trial for automobile homicide.
Jeffrey Lloyd Bascom, 28, was charged with both second-degree felony automobile homicide and obstructing justice, a third-degree felony, in connection with the Sept. 3 death of 15-year-old Tommy Clark.
Wednesday, Bascom was ordered to stand trial on the automobile homicide charge in 8th District Court.The obstruction of justice charge was dismissed.
A two-day jury trial has been set to begin May 29.
Clark and a friend were walking along 500 West near 1200 South around 9 p.m. on Sept. 2 when Clark was hit from behind by the driver of a pickup. The impact threw Clark about 40 feet through the air.
Clark's friend escaped injury.
Bascom was driving the truck and told investigators he was texting at the time he struck Clark, police said, noting that Bascom's statement was consistent with the physical evidence at the scene.
Clark was taken by ambulance to Ashley Regional Medical Center, then transferred by helicopter to Primary Children's Medical Center. He was removed from life support the next day.
A man who was following Bascom when the crash occurred testified Wednesday that Bascom told him he had been texting and driving when he crashed into Clark.
- The pimple dilemma: To pop or not to pop
- Dad who placed ad for a wife for his son gets...
- Prosecutors: Dad, son fleeing police killed...
- Quiz: Name that movie (filmed in Utah)
- Quiz: Who said it?: Utah coaches edition
- Quiz: Which Utah attraction should you road...
- Costco begins new credit card agreement
- How the tech industry grew a rural Utah town...
- U. stadium gets bigger scoreboard,... 75
- 45 new locations open to provide free... 38
- Love won't go to GOP national convention 35
- Supreme Court abortion decision could... 31
- Gov. Gary Herbert calls margin of... 31
- Arches Health Plan shutdown leaves $33... 30
- Will 'Brexit' vote help Trump in Utah? 26
- Utah GOP brings up father's bank... 25