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A man who investigators say crashed his car and killed his passenger while fleeing from an earlier crash was driving with a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit, according to court documents.

MARRIOTT-SLATERVILLE, Weber County — A man who investigators say crashed his car and killed his passenger while fleeing from an earlier crash was driving with a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit, according to court documents.

Derek Lyle Hendricks, 33, of Layton, was charged Wednesday in 2nd District Court with automobile homicide, a second-degree felony; causing an accident involving property damage, a class C misdemeanor; and having an open container in a vehicle, a class C misdemeanor.

On Nov. 21, Hendricks was involved in a hit-and-run crash near 1200 South and 1900 West, according to charging documents. A witness followed Hendricks while calling 911 and reported that Hendricks was "speeding and recklessly passing vehicles," charges state.

Witnesses told police that Hendricks was going about 90 mph on the 55 mph road and nearly hit a vehicle head-on before losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a large tree on the vehicle's passenger side, according to the charges.

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The passenger, Amber Lawrence, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The force of the impact broke the driver's seat and tossed Hendricks into the back seat, according to court documents. Emergency crews reported smelling a "strong odor of alcohol" on Hendricks' breath, and an open bottle of whiskey was found in the vehicle.

Hendricks' blood alcohol content was measured at .220 percent, or nearly three times the legal limit, according to court records.

Hendricks was convicted of DUI in Colorado in 2012, court documents state.