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Trial delayed for Utah ambulance driver charged in fatal crash

Published December 10, 2013 5:07 pm

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A five-day trial for an ambulance driver charged with negligent homicide after a fatal accident in South Ogden was delayed Tuesday.

Sean Reed Stephens-Applonie, 29, is charged in Ogden's 2nd District Court with negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor.

Jury selection in his trial was supposed to begin Tuesday, but the trial was postponed without a future date after defense attorneys filed a motion regarding expert testimony on Monday evening, according to prosecutors.

The July 7, 2012, accident killed 88-year-old Arline H. Logan, who was riding in a Buick going south from a side street through a green light onto U.S. 89, police have said.

Stephens-Applonie was driving an ambulance westbound with lights and sirens on, and a critically injured car-crash patient onboard, when it hit the Buick, South Ogden police Officer Marci Edwards said last year.

The ambulance then crashed into two stopped cars in the eastbound lanes carrying four people.

Logan was taken to Ogden Regional Medical Center, where she died.

Stephens-Applonie was not hurt, but three other emergency medical responders were treated at McKay-Dee Hospital Center and Ogden Regional and released.

Three people in the stopped cars also were treated at McKay-Dee and released, according to police.

If convicted, Stephens-Applonie faces up to a year in jail.

jmiller@sltrib.com