Hit-and-run victim's mom wants swift justice

Wednesday , August 13, 2014 - 2:16 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

FARMINGTON --- Grief still haunts Darla Allred’s eyes. 

Allred, of Clearfield, spoke to the media after a court hearing Wednesday for the man accused of causing the death of her 27-year-old son, Kelly Allred.

For the past two months, Allred has attended every hearing held for Jose Orozco, 36, of North Salt Lake, in hopes the case will be resolved.

That hope might be realized in three weeks. 

Orozco’s public defender, Todd Utzinger, told 2nd District Court Judge David Hamilton a plea offer is being discussed. A hearing that could either end with guilty pleas or a trial date is scheduled for Sept. 3. 

“It’s been a big loss (for our family) to lose your son, the father to his kids,” Allred said after the hearing. 

She said coming to court every time to hear that the case has been bumped back for more discussions “has been kind of disappointing. They keep prolonging it.” 

Her son has missed his son’s fourth birthday. He missed family barbecues, family gatherings and hanging out with his mother, who lived next door to him.

Allred said she has received a lot of support from family, friends and co-workers at Kellogg’s the past two months, as she has struggled through the grieving process.

“My co-workers have been very good to me,” Allred said. 

Allred said she hopes that when the case is resolved, Orozco will be sentenced to serve a long prison sentence, even though it “won’t replace my son.”

Orozco's public defender said he needs time to meet in the jail where Orozco is held to discuss the plea offer.

Orozco is charged with automobile homicide and failure to respond to an officer’s signal to stop, resulting in a death, leaving the scene of an accident and violation of a protective order.

According to the probable cause statement of arrest for Orozco, Clearfield police were called to Futura Industries at the Freeport Center May 20 because Orozco had showed up with flowers for his wife, which was a violation of a protective order. He left, then there was an auto-pedestrian accident at the intersection of 700 S. State St., Clearfield. Witnesses told police a white truck had left the scene. Orozco was arrested later in North Salt Lake.

Allred died at Ogden Regional Medical Center May 21.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or lpark@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE. Like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SELorettaPark.

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