SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Highway Patrol troopers are looking at DUI as a factor in a fatal crash earlier this month.
On Dec. 2, a 2006 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck went off state Route 143 in Garfield County and rolled, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The passenger was ejected from the vehicle and killed.Comment on this story
The driver told the UHP trooper investigating the crash that "he had consumed at least five alcoholic beverages prior to the crash. Alcohol is suspected to be one of the factors contributing to the crash," according to a search warrant affidavit filed in 6th District Court.
The warrant also notes that the road was snowpacked at the time of the crash and neither the driver nor passenger was wearing a seatbelt. The warrant states the trooper was seeking evidence for the possible crimes of automobile homicide, DUI, failing to wear a seatbelt and going too fast conditions.
As of Monday, no arrest had been made or charges filed.