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Utah County woman given jail time for causing 2010 fatal crash

Published June 12, 2013 2:47 pm

Courts • Diane Mott was driving under the influence of Ambien and Lortab.
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A 61-year-old Springville woman was sentenced to jail Tuesday for causing a deadly 2010 crash in Utah County.

The crash killed 71-year-old Brice Mickelsen. In April, Diane Mott pleaded guilty to third-degree felony automobile homicide and no contest to a class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs charge.

Fourth District Judge Steven Hansen sentenced the woman Tuesday to serve seven months in the Utah County jail for the crimes, followed by five months of home confinement.

Mott was also ordered to 36 months probation, and is not allowed to drive a vehicle during that time, Hansen ruled. She will also undergo a substance abuse evaluation and complete any recommended treatment, Hansen ordered, as well as pay over $34,000 in restitution.

According to court documents, Mott took a combination of Ambien and Lortab on Sept. 2, 2010, and was impaired to a point to where she couldn't operate a motor vehicle.

While driving her Toyota Corolla on Interstate 15 southbound just south of Provo, she collided with Mickelsen's Pontiac Grand Prix, according to Utah Highway Patrol troopers.

UHP investigators believe Mott was driving erratically in the middle lane before crossing into Mickelsen's right-hand lane and striking his car on the driver's side. Mickelsen's Grand Prix then slammed into a barrier, careened back into traffic and rolled.

Also injured was Mary Jacobsen, of Springville, who was a passenger in Mickelsen's car.

Mott had accepted a plea deal, but was initially charged with second-degree felony automobile homicide, class A misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and class C misdemeanor failure to stay in lane of travel.

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