SALT LAKE CITY — The driver of a car that killed two West High School students and severely injured a pregnant woman and her unborn child in February said he was in a hurry to get to an arcade at the time of the crash, according to charging documents.
Abraham Miranda, 18, of Salt Lake City, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with two counts of manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor.
A $500,000 warrant was issued for Miranda's arrest.
On Feb. 16, Miranda was speeding northbound on 300 West near West High, police said. The Chevy Impala he was driving was traveling an estimated 95 mph when it crashed, according to court documents. The speed limit in that area is 40 mph.
Police initially reported that the Impala may have been racing with another vehicle.
As Miranda approached the intersection at 700 North, another vehicle was traveling west through the intersection, the charges state.
Miranda tried to avoid hitting the vehicle by making an "evasive manuever," struck the center median, went into oncoming traffic and hit a 2004 Honda Pilot head-on.
The two passengers in Miranda's vehicle, Dylan Emilio Hernandez, 18, and Vidal Pacheco-Tinoco, 17, were killed. The force from the impact sent the Honda spinning into a nearby building.7 comments on this story
The Honda was driven by Amy Elizabeth Stevenson-Wilson, who was pregnant. An emergency C-section was performed by doctors to deliver Wilson's baby about six weeks early.
Wilson's daughter will have brain damage "and trouble using her left side," according to charging documents.
Wilson was hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury and 15 broken bones, and she had to have a kidney and her spleen removed, charges state.
At least one witness told police it appeared the Impala was "dragging" against another vehicle. Miranda told police he "was in a hurry to get to the arcade," according to court records.