ROY -- A Roy man was charged with second-degree felony automobile homicide Wednesday stemming from a June crash that killed a woman in his car.
Shawn David Brady, 28, was arrested by Roy police after a toxicology report and accident reconstruction provided evidence from the incident, according to Police Chief Greg Whinham. The single-car crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. June 24 when Brady was driving north on Midland Drive at an estimated 95 miles per hour, Whinham said. He lost control of his car at the intersection of 3100 West. The vehicle hit a utility pole, careered across a lawn, hit a truck and finally stopped in front of a house.
Nicole Gear, 23, was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, where she died that night. Brady also suffered numerous injuries and was hospitalized in serious condition.
"As a matter of department policy, we draw blood from the drivers to test for drugs or alcohol in any accident this severe," Whinham said. "We also called upon the Utah Highway Patrol to help us with the accident reconstruction. We had to wait to get the results of those before we could take the case to the county attorney's office for screening charges."
Whinham said the UHP reconstruction showed Brady was driving at a high speed when he lost control of the car. The toxicology report came back positive for marijuana use and those items taken together were the basis for the felony charge.
A $10,000 bond was set for Brady's release from jail.