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Brookside man sentenced in crash that killed teen


By pamela manson

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Aug 22 2014 04:30PM
Updated Aug 22, 2014 09:48PM

A 27-year-old Washington County man has been sentenced to 90 days in jail on a misdemeanor stemming from an ATV-dirt bike crash that killed a teenager.

Mackay Thomas Stephens, of Brookside, who originally was charged with a third-degree felony count of automobile homicide while driving under the influence, pleaded guilty to a DUI-related class A misdemeanor as part of a plea bargain. The sentence was imposed Thursday by 5th District Judge Eric Ludlow in St. George.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Austin Mcelyea, 17, a student at Snow Canyon High School, was riding a dirt bike on Spanish Trail Drive, near the town of Veyo, on May 18 when he stopped near Interstate 15. Stephens, who was on an ATV behind him, struck the dirt bike’s rear tire, the UHP said.

Mcelyea was ejected from the bike and, despite wearing a helmet, was killed on impact, the UHP said.

Defense attorney Marshall Witt said that under the totality of the circumstances, the sentence was "a fair and just resolution."

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