ST. GEORGE – Police arrested a St. George woman in connection with the pedestrian fatality that resulted from a two-vehicle accident on Dixie Drive in early March.
According to a press release from St. George Police, a 50-year-old St. George woman was arrested Friday morning on a count of second degree “automobile homicide involving using a handheld wireless communication device while driving.”
St. George Sgt. Sam Despain said the woman’s arrest is the continuation and conclusion of the investigation into the vehicle accident that occurred on Dixie Drive March 4 that killed one pedestrian and injured another.
On that date, around 9 a.m., David and Leslee Henson, both 56, of St. George, were walking on the sidewalk along Dixie Drive near Sunbrook Drive when the accident occurred. Two vehicles were heading southbound on the road when the lead vehicle was rear-ended by the other, causing it to veer off the right side of the roadway. That vehicle hit the Hensons when it left the roadway.
David Henson was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center by medical helicopter and was pronounced dead at the hospital. His wife, Leslee Henson, was transported by ground ambulance in serious condition, and later transferred to a hospital in Salt Lake City for treatment.
The drivers of both vehicles were also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
The investigation was conducted by the St George Police Department accident reconstruction team and the Washington County Attorney’s office.
According to state code, the 50-year-old woman is being charged with a second-degree felony offense for allegedly being distracted by “wireless devices,” such as a mobile phone, which resulted in her operating “a moving motor vehicle in a criminally negligent manner,” ultimately resulting in the death of a another person.
If convicted, the woman faces up to 15 years in jail. Bail is currently set at $10,000.
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