Layton man charged with automobile homicide after fatal November crash

Wednesday , December 27, 2017 - 4:59 PM

OGDEN — A Layton man has been indicted after a set of crashes left a woman dead near West Weber in November.

Derek Lyle Hendricks, 33, has been formally charged Wednesday, Dec. 27, by the Weber County Attorney’s Office with one count of negligent automobile homicide, a second-degree felony; open container/drinking alcohol in a vehicle, a class C misdemeanor; and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, a class C misdemeanor.

The second crash killed Amber Lawrence, 32, at the scene, according to Sgt. Matt Jensen with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.

The deadly incident was first reported at about 3:40 p.m. Nov. 21, initially as a hit-and-run near 1800 W. 12th St. in Marriott-Slaterville, Jensen told the Standard-Examiner the day after the crash. The Toyota, driven by Hendricks, hit the back of another car and kept going down the road.

No injuries were reported in the hit-and-run — and the other car had only minor damage.

Minutes later, police got another call for a car crash roughly three miles from the hit-and-run, at 4400 W. 1150 South in unincorporated Weber County near West Weber.

When police arrived, they found the Toyota had rolled and landed near some trees. The speed limit on the road is 55 mph but Jensen said the car was traveling much faster before the driver likely lost control at a curve and caused the Toyota to roll several times. 

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An affidavit for Hendricks’ arrest warrant says the car was going about 90 mph at the time of the crash. 

Documents say the force of the impact had broken the driver’s seat of the car.

When medical responders attempted to treat Hendricks, they noted a strong smell of alcohol on him, documents say. A blood sample collected at Ogden Regional Medical Center and tested by the Utah Department of Health revealed Hendricks’ blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was .22, which is nearly three times the legal limit.

When Lawrence’s body was being removed from the car, responders found an open bottle of Southern Host whiskey on the floor of the vehicle, the document says. 

The affidavit also says Hendricks has a DUI conviction that occurred Jan. 30, 2012, in Colorado.

As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hendricks had not been arrested or booked in Weber County Jail, according to Jensen.

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