An unlicensed driver has been arrested following an Orem crash last week that killed two BYU students.
According to Orem police, the 20-year old suspect was driving a Jeep Cherokee south on State Street late Oct. 15, traveling 68 mph in a 40 mph zone. When the light at 400 South turned yellow, he accelerated to 73 mph. At the same time, a Chevrolet Malibu traveling in the opposite direction was turning left onto 400 South.
According to witnesses, the Jeep was trying to make it through the intersection before the light turned red. The Jeep slowed slightly, but slammed into the Malibu. Two passengers in the Malibu — BYU students Hailee York, 21, of Lehi, and Ashlyn Hanzon, 21, of Pearland, Texas — were killed. The Malibu’s driver was injured.
Surveillance video from nearby businesses showed the Jeep traveling “at a high rate of speed,” according to police. “The Jeep also appeared to be attempting to make it through the intersection on the yellow light.”
According to a probable cause statement, police obtained a warrant for the Jeep’s event data recorder. The device indicated that the Jeep was traveling 68 mph shortly before the crash and accelerated to 73 mph when the light turned yellow. The suspect slowed to 67 mph about 0.5 seconds before the collision.
The suspect was taken to Timpanogos Regional Hospital to be treated for his injuries. According to police, the suspect attempted to flee when officers went to his home to arrest him on Wednesday.
He was booked into the Utah County jail for investigation of negligent homicide, negligent collision, driving without a license, speeding and reckless driving. He is being held without bail.
The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not name suspects until they have been charged with a crime.
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