OGDEN -- A 19-year-old has been charged with negligent homicide in the traffic death of a motorcyclist.
Katelyn Young, of Ogden, is charged with the class A misdemeanor homicide for her alleged "criminal negligence," according to charging documents, in causing the Aug. 13, 2010, death of Kenneth Cox in a crash in Farr West.
Cox, 64, was northbound on his rebuilt Harley on 2000 West when Young, southbound on 2700 North, turned left into Cox's lane, according to the Weber County Sheriff's Office.
Young was formally arraigned on the charge last month in 2nd District Court. She is due in court for a status conference today before Judge Michael Lyon.
Young, at the time of the crash, had never taken the time to procure a driver's license, said Lt. Mark Lowther, sheriff's spokesman.
"It wasn't that it was suspended or revoked, she just never got one," which has since been rectified, he said.
Cox was an active biker who had just restored the Harley he was driving, Lowther said. The drive that day was the maiden trip for the newly finished project, he said.
Lowther said typically, with the toxicology testing required and detailed accident reconstruction work, traffic accident investigations can take six months or more to complete.
In the case of Young, the timeline was complicated by the fact the detective initially spearheading the case took a job with another police agency, causing further delay, he said.
Cox was a member of the motorcycle education outreach group ABATE, for American Bikers Aiming Towards Education. One of the group's issues has been motorists failing to keep a lookout for bikers, accounting for a high number of motorcyclists killed by drivers making left-hand turns.
The sheriff's office provides law enforcement services to Farr West by contract.