VEYO — A man was arrested for a DUI after Sunday’s ATV accident in Veyo which killed a 17-year-old boy. More details surrounding the incident have been released by the Utah Highway Patrol after completing its primary investigation.
The man charged with the DUI has been identified as Makay Stephens, 27, from Brookside. The 17-year-old boy who died in the incident is from Santa Clara but his name has not been released by authorities.
On Sunday at approximately 5:05 p.m., Stephens, on an ATV, was following the boy who was driving a dirt bike southbound on Spanish Trail Drive in Veyo. The boy stopped on the road and Stephens didn’t, according to the UHP statement. Stephen’s ATV struck the rear tire of the boy’s dirt bike causing the dirt bike to catapult and Stephen’s ATV to roll.
The boy was wearing a helmet but was killed as a result of the impact and died at the scene of the crash. Stephens sustained minor injuries and was subsequently arrested for DUI.
Initially, the boy stopped near 115 North on Spanish Trail Drive as a friend approached on an ATV from the opposite direction. This friend witnessed the crash and called for help.
Although in the Washington County Sheriff’s area, the Sheriff’s Office requested that UHP investigate the incident, UHP spokesperson Jalaina Hawkes said.
Stephens was initially booked into Washington County’s Purgatory Correctional Facility on a DUI charge. The county attorney’s office is currently reviewing the case to determine appropriate charges to be brought.
This report is based on preliminary information released by responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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