CRIME

Dump truck driver charged after fatal U.S. 40 crash

Oct 22, 2018, 6:43 PM
the crash killed six people, five from honduras...
Six people died in a crash after a dump truck that was reportedly being driven recklessly crossed over the freeway median and hit a pickup truck broadside near Jordanelle Reservoir in Wasatch County on Friday Oct. 19, 2018, officials said. (Photo: Utah Highway Patrol)
(Photo: Utah Highway Patrol)

HEBER CITY — Prosecutors are formally charging the man suspected in a crash on U.S. 40 involving a dump truck and killing six people. Investigators say the suspect alcohol had a part to play.

Jamie Don Mckenzie, 41, faces six counts of automobile homicide for the number of people killed in the crash. He also faces two counts of DUI for the two women injured after their car was clipped by the dump truck in the crash.

According to attorney and former prosecutor Greg Skordas, prosecutors do not take this type of case lightly.

“Any time you have a driving offense involving alcohol and a death, the state can charge it as a felony. That’s a felony for each individual death.”

Each of those felony counts carry a potential 5-15 year sentence.

Court records show McKenzie has a history of alcohol, domestic violence, and driving-related offenses. Skordas says while one of the charges may have temporarily suspended his commercial driver license a few years back, nothing has risen to the level of permanent disqualification.

“This individual’s prior impaired driving was in 2013. I am certain the State of Utah would have suspended his CDL for a year at that time,” Skordas says.

McKenzie made his initial court appearance this afternoon in Wasatch County District Court.

Today’s Top Stories

Crime

A former American Fork soccer coach is under arrest and facing six felony counts of child sexual ab...
Hugo Rikard-Bell

Former American Fork soccer coach arrested on charges of child sexual abuse

The suspect arrested on charges of child sexual abuse was reportedly a soccer coach for the UC Strikers and Utah FC junior teams, between 2000 and 2014, according to American Fork Police.
18 hours ago
bomb...
Elizabeth Weiler

Man arrested in relation to Provo Towne Center Mall bomb threat

A Provo man was arrested after calling in a bomb threat to his former employer. The man was recently fired.
18 hours ago
Eli Mitchell, victim of fatal hit and run...
Mark Jones

Utah County man pleads guilty to death of West Jordan teenager

A Saratoga Springs man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Third District Court of automobile homicide in connection to the death of a 13-year-old West Jordan teenager last April.
2 days ago
homeless shelters and Homelessness in Utah...
Alejandro Lucero

Utah official says better coordination could help with homelessness

Homelessness continues to grow in big cities across the U.S., and Salt Lake City is not an enigma. Could focusing on mental health help curb the trend?
2 days ago
Flowers and stuffed animals are lined up outside a sign along Pullman Road in Moscow, Idaho, to pay...
Elizabeth Wolfe and Eric Levenson

University of Idaho students return from break, no arrests in homicides

After more than two weeks since four students were fatally stabbed, students at the University of Idaho returned to class on Monday.
2 days ago
vail resorts...
Elizabeth Weiler

Vail Resorts facing million dollar lawsuit after a Utah bowling alley incident

PARK CITY, Utah — After a bowling incident during a company party, a jury is ordering Vail Resorts’ Mountain activities to pay over $2 million for a personal injury that caused extensive surgeries.  In April, according to a case overview, Jupiter Bowl hosted a team party for Vail employees. During the party, Vail Resorts’ employees […]
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
Dump truck driver charged after fatal U.S. 40 crash