Utah male billed with car murder soon after crash he initially blamed on his good friend

A Herriman guy has been billed with killing a female in a vehicle crash he originally blamed on a good friend.

Samuel Andrew Rockwell, 26, was billed Tuesday in 3rd District Courtroom with car homicide and obstructing justice, third-degree felonies reckless driving, a course-B misdemeanor not having insurance on a auto and having an open up container of liquor in a automobile, course-C misdemeanors and speeding, an infraction.

According to the expenses, early on the early morning of Sept. 4, Riverton law enforcement were called to a single motor vehicle crash at about 13400 S. Bangerter Freeway. Rockwell and another person received slight accidents, and a girl in the again seat of the auto was killed. Police noted that the two adult men had extricated by themselves from the wrecked auto, and that they “pointed to each individual other as the driver.” Neither witnesses nor UDOT cameras have been in a position to ascertain who experienced been driving.

Law enforcement afterwards decided that the car, which was registered to the second man, experienced been touring north on Bangerter at about 116 mph when turned into southbound-to-eastbound flip lanes, veered across a concrete lane divider, flipped in excess of a concrete median barrier and came to relaxation in a discipline, striking a signal submit and a targeted traffic gentle pole in advance of crashing via a chain hyperlink fence and hitting a elevated concrete platform.

Police initially considered the next person was the driver. He was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County jail. When he was taken into custody, he mentioned, “Can’t believe Sam is making me consider the fall for this,” in accordance to police.

At about 11 p.m. that very same working day, police stated that Rockwell arrived at the Riverton Police Division. When officers achieved him in the parking large amount, he “stated unprompted … that he was, in point, the driver” in the lethal crash. In accordance to charging paperwork, Rockwell went on to notify law enforcement that the other person was a front-seat passenger. He mentioned the lady in the back again seat was becoming “lovey dovey” with him just just before the crash. She pulled his face towards hers, Rockwell stated, and he drifted into the middle median and dropped handle of the auto.

In accordance to law enforcement, Rockwell claimed he was telling them the real truth mainly because it was not correct that the other male was in jail, and that he’d blamed his close friend since he was fearful, he understood the victim was dead and he understood he would shed his career. Law enforcement explained forensic exams later on verified Rockwell was the driver, and that his blood liquor degree was .17 – much more than 3 times the lawful restrict.

As of Wednesday early morning, Rockwell’s initially courtroom visual appearance has not still been scheduled.