SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake man who prosecutors say was driving under the influence of drugs when he was involved in a crash, severely injuring his young granddaughter who was not in a car seat, has been charged with child abuse.
William James Uckerman, 57, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with child abuse, a third-degree felony; two counts of DUI, a class A misdemeanor; not having insurance, a class C misdemeanor; and driving on a suspended license, a class C misdemeanor. He was also charged with two infractions, failing to wear a seat belt and a red light violation.Comment on this story
On Nov. 25, Uckerman ran a red light at 3200 West and 2100 South and his minivan collided head-on with a semitrailer, according to court records. Uckerman's 4-year-old granddaughter, who was not in a child seat and not wearing a seat belt, "was thrown through the windshield" and suffered a broken leg and "traumatic brain injury," according to charging documents. Another adult woman in the vehicle suffered "multiple rib fractures and a concussion," the charges state.
Uckerman told an investigator that he had snorted methamphetamine earlier in the day, according to the charges. Toxicology tests showed meth and amphetamine in Uckerman's blood, the charges state.