OGDEN -- Closing arguments began Friday morning in the trial of Skyler Shepherd, 22, who is accused in the boating death of Esther Fujimoto, Salt Lake City, on Aug. 21 in Pineview Reservoir.
Shepherd is accused of reckless endangerment, obstruction of justice and leaving the scene of an accident. The trial is expected to go to the jury Friday afternoon following closing arguments.
Dean Saunders, Deputy Weber County attorney, began his statements by telling the six-member jury that Shepherd can say all he wants about how they didn't know she was injured, "but the best evidence was heard over 200 yards away."
Saunders said that was the distance from which Vaughn Anderson, who lives nearby, heard the screams of Fujimoto as Shepherd's boat drove over her, slashing her legs, breaking her pelvis and nearly severing one leg.
Saunders said Anderson heard three to five screams from his front yard at his home abutting the Spring Creek inlet area where Fujimoto was hit. Anderson counted three to five screams and said there were 22 seconds between the first and last scream.
Saunders then counted off 22 seconds aloud, softly for the jury to demonstrate that time span, "Think about that after that boat's been shut down," he said.
According to testimony, Colton Raines a friend of Shepherd's, was driving the boat when it hit Fujimoto.
Raines stopped it after the collision. Shepherd then took the wheel to drive back to Fujimoto where he claimed he asked if she was all right, failed to see any injuries, and left her there.
Following the closing argument from the defense, the case went to the jury at 11:40 a.m.