Man booked into Weber jail after Ogden crash that killed WSU employee in 2016

Friday , May 26, 2017 - 9:06 PM2 comments

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Officers with the Ogden Police Department arrested a West Haven man accused of having marijuana in his system during a 2016 fatal car crash.

Kyle Branden Yepez was booked into Weber County Jail on multiple charges around 4 p.m. Friday, May 26, according to Sgt. Brad Durrant of the Weber County Sheriff’s Office. He is accused of having marijuana in his system at the time he allegedly caused a car crash that killed 29-year-old Jay J. Jex. 

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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 Jex, who was from Ogden.

Formal charges were filed against Yepez and a warrant was issued for his arrest Wednesday, May 24. 

He is charged with operating a vehicle with measurable controlled substance and causing death or serious injury, a third-degree felony; possession or use of a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor; and operating a motor vehicle without owner’s or operator’s security, a class C misdemeanor. 

The crash investigation was stalled for 10 months while police awaited toxicology test results on Yepez’s blood from the state crime lab, which has a lengthy backlog. In April, Ogden police referred the case to the Weber County County Attorney’s Office for screening of criminal charges.

As of Friday evening, Yepez was being held at Weber County Jail on $8,435 bail. 

Reporter Mark Shenefelt contributed to this article. 

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

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