A 20-year-old Holladay man has been charged with automobile homicide in connection with his alleged role in the death of a jogger last March.
The accused supposedly drifted across lanes and struck the victim, who was on the shoulder of the road. The man is facing several criminal charges including: automobile homicide, possession of a firearm by a restricted person and driving with a controlled substance in the body and causing death.
What Constitutes Automobile Homicide?
Criminal homicide is automobile homicide if a person causes someone else’s death while driving a vehicle in a criminally negligent manner while being under the influence of a drug or alcohol. You will be considered DUI in Utah if your blood or breath alcohol concentration is .08 grams or higher.
Being criminally negligent means that you act in such a way that you ought to be aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk that certain circumstances exist or a certain result will occur. Also, the risk must be of a nature and degree that the average person would normally exercise reasonable judgment in the same circumstance.
Automobile homicide under the above circumstances is a second degree felony. If you’re found guilty of automobile homicide, the penalty could be from 1-15 years in prison. If a person is found guilty of multiple felonies or misdemeanors, he could potentially serve many years in prison.
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