Weber County Sheriff's Office searching for man involved in fatal West Weber crash

Wednesday , January 03, 2018 - 11:17 AM3 comments

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Police are searching for a man accused of causing a pair of crashes that left a woman dead near West Weber in November.

The Weber County Sheriff’s Office issued a wanted poster Wednesday morning saying they are searching for Derek Lyle Hendricks, who was last known to live in Layton. 

Hendricks, 33, was formally charged Wednesday, Dec. 27, 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 warrant for Hendrick’s arrest was issued the same day, and police say they have yet to apprehend Hendricks. 

Hendrick’s charges stem from a car crash on Nov. 21 that killed 32-year-old Layton resident Amber Lawrence.

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, Sgt. Matt Jensen of the Weber County Sheriff’s Office told the Standard-Examiner a day after the crash. The Toyota, driven by Hendricks, hit the back of another car and kept going down the road.

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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, near 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.

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.

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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. Hendricks was released from the hospital since no charges had been filed at that time.

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.

If you have any information regarding Hendrick’s whereabouts, please contact Weber Area Dispatch at 801-629-8221. 

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

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