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Driver waives hearing in Carbon County double fatality crash

Published April 10, 2012 2:56 pm

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A 47-year-old Carbon County man accused of killing two Sandy women while driving under the influence of illegal drugs last year has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Darin Hawkinson, 47, is charged in 7th District Court in Price with two counts of second-degree felony automobile homicide and one count of speeding, a class C misdemeanor, in connection with the deaths of Sharlene Atkinson, 64, and Lynnette Hulse, 63.

On the afternoon of Sept. 23, 2011, Hawkinson was driving west on U.S. Highway 6 about 10 miles southeast of Price at more than 80 mph when he swerved off the road to the right, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

Hawkinson overcorrected and swerved into oncoming eastbound traffic, hitting the victims' car, which spun around and was hit by an eastbound semitrailer.

Atkinson and Hulse, who were sitting in the back seat, were killed. Their husbands were both transported to a hospital for treatment.

Hawkinson was taken to a hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the semi was not seriously injured, the UHP reported at the time.

In court on Tuesday, Hawkinson, of East Carbon, waived a scheduled preliminary hearing.

Another hearing is set for May 29 before Judge Douglas Thomas.

Hawkinson faces the potential of up to 15 years in prison for each of the automobile homicide charges.

Deputy Carbon County Attorney Jeremiah Humes said Tuesday there have been no plea discussions.

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