West Haven man pleads guilty for his role in deadly 2016 Ogden car crash

Thursday , November 09, 2017 - 5:09 PM

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Kyle Branden Yepez was booked into Weber County Jail on multiple charges around 4 p.m. Friday, according to Sgt. Brad Durrant of the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — A West Haven man pleaded guilty to one felony charge for his role in a 2016 Ogden car crash that killed a Weber State employee. 

Kyle Branden Yepez, 21, had three misdemeanor charges dropped in return for a guilty plea to one count of operating a vehicle negligently and causing injury or death, a third-degree felony.

Yepez entered his guilty plea during a pretrial hearing Wednesday in Ogden’s 2nd District Court. 

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An Ogden Police Department report says on June 2, 2016, Yepez was driving a 2008 Mustang south at 60 to 80 mph in a 40 mph zone near 3550 S. Harrison Blvd. The car went out of control and crashed into a northbound 2008 Toyota Prius driven by Jay J. Jex, an Ogden man.

The investigation surrounding the crash was stalled for over 10 months as police waited on a toxicology report on Yepez’s blood at the time of the crash. A lengthy backlog at the state crime lab was blamed for causing the delay. 

Once the results came back, charges were filed against Yepez, and he was arrested shortly thereafter.

Yepez’s sentencing hearing is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 27 in front of Judge W. Brent West

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.