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Fatal crash leads to Utahn’s manslaughter charge

Crash » Driver told a detective he intentionally ran red light, according to charges.

By Michael McFall

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Dec 09 2013 03:23 pm • Last Updated Dec 09 2013 11:26 pm

A Grantsville man faces a manslaughter charge following a downtown Salt Lake City crash that killed his passenger.

Brue Edward Silva, 20, was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with second-degree felony manslaughter, and misdemeanor counts of driving with a measurable controlled substance in his body and running a red light.

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The morning of Aug. 9, Silva was driving east on 600 South when he ran a red light at West Temple, according to the charges. A northbound truck struck the passenger’s side of Silva’s Mercury Cougar, causing the Cougar to crash into and wrap around a light pole, the charges add.

Silva’s passenger, Brian Delaney, 18, died as a result of his injuries.

Silva told a detective that he intentionally ran the red light, which was corroborated by independent witnesses, according to the charges. Toxicology tests revealed a measurable amount of THC metabolite in Silva’s system at the time of the crash, the charges add.

If convicted of the manslaughter charge, Silva could face up to 15 years in prison.


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