Thursday , November 09, 2017 - 5:24 PM
OGDEN — A West Haven man pleaded guilty to one felony charge for his role in a 2016 Ogden car crash that killed a Weber State employee.
Kyle Branden Yepez, 21, had three misdemeanor charges dropped in return for a guilty plea to one count of operating a vehicle negligently and causing injury or death, a third-degree felony.
Yepez entered his guilty plea during a pretrial hearing Wednesday in Ogden’s 2nd District Court.
An Ogden Police Department report says on June 2, 2016, Yepez was driving a 2008 Mustang south at 60 to 80 mph in a 40 mph zone near 3550 S. Harrison Blvd. The car went out of control and crashed into a northbound 2008 Toyota Prius driven by Jay J. Jex, an Ogden man.
The investigation surrounding the crash was stalled for over 10 months as police waited on a toxicology report on Yepez’s blood at the time of the crash. A lengthy backlog at the state crime lab was blamed for causing the delay.
Yepez’s sentencing hearing is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 27 in front of Judge W. Brent West.
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