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Man Sentenced In Connection To Fatal Crash Last January Near Deer Creek


A Midway resident has been sentenced to up to five years in prison, and could be deported after that, for driving under the influence and causing a near-head-on collision that killed a Heber woman a year ago.

The sentence was handed down last Wednesday in Heber’s Fourth District Court to 38-year-old Jose Lozoya-Tellez who admitted in a Plea Agreement last year that he was driving under the influence of cocaine during the crash that killed 23-year-old Heather Petersen.

The Highway Patrol reported that on January 15th of last year, shortly after 5:00 pm, the defendant was driving northbound on State Road 189 near Deer Creek Reservoir.

The defendant, in a Chevy Trailblazer, crossed into the opposite lane toward Petersen, in a Toyota Camry. She tried swerving off the road, but the vehicles collided. Petersen died at the scene and the defendant was taken to an area hospital with critical injuries.

Lozoya-Tellez was initially charged with Automobile Homicide as a second-degree felony. In his plea agreement last November, the Wasatch County Attorney’s office agreed to reduce the charge to Auto Homicide Negligence DUI, a third-degree felony.

The court record says after his prison sentence, he will be turned over to ICE for deportation proceedings. He also has to pay restitution of over $7,000.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covers Summit County meetings and issues. KPCW snagged him from The Park Record in the '80s, and he's been on air and covering the entire county ever since. He produces the Week In Review podcast, as well a heads the Friday Film Review team.
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