TAYLORSVILLE — A woman accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 19-year-old pedestrian was driving with a blood-alcohol content that was twice the legal limit, according to charging documents.
Roxanna Molina, 27, of West Valley City, was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with manslaughter, or in the alternative, automobile homicide, both second-degree felonies; leaving the scene of an accident involving death, a third-degree felony; and three infractions including speeding, failing to obey a traffic signal, and illegal window tinting.
On Nov. 22, Robert Harsh, 19, was killed when a Cadillac Escalade ran a red light and hit him in a crosswalk at Redwood Road and 4200 South, just around the corner from his home. The Cadillac was going nearly twice the speed limit, according to charges. The force from the impact tossed him 324 feet or the length of a football field.
Less than 20 minutes later, police were called to a parking lot not far from the crash where Molina claimed she had hit a UTA bus, court documents state. But as the officer examined Molina's vehicle, he noticed blood on the windshield and fender, according to charging documents.
Detectives determined that Molina had consumed five shots of liquor and four beers and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 — more than twice the legal limit of .08 — at the time of the crash, according to court records. They also gathered information from her vehicle and determined her Escalade was traveling between 83 to 94 mph at the time of impact, the charges state. The speed limit on that portion of Redwood Road is 45 mph.
Bail was set at $500,000.
Following the crash, Harsh's family offered forgiveness to the driver.
"We know that our son is in a good place right now and that he will be all right because of our faith. We certainly want to extend to this lady that we have no bad feelings so that, whatever she has to overcome, she won't have to carry that. There's no need for that," Lemuel Harsh said.
Gina Harsh said it's what her son would want them to do.
"Because of the way Robert's disposition is, we know he feels the same way," she said.Comment on this story
The couple, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, credits faith for the peace and forgiveness they have felt since learning about their son's death.
"Our faith, of course, extends to the fact that we believe in a family after this life, and that there will be the same times over there that there are here, if we measure up to what our faith requires of us," Lemuel Harsh explained. "We know that in order for us to be forgiven, we have to forgive."
Robert Harsh had graduated high school in May and was deciding between going to college and serving a mission for the LDS Church.