OGDEN — A North Ogden man has been accused of negligently causing the deaths of two children in a car crash last October.
Alexander Vernon Salas, 61, was charged Tuesday with three counts of operating a vehicle with a measurable controlled substance and causing death or serious bodily injury, a third-degree felony.
Salas is charged in connection with the deaths of 11-year-old Molly Cox and 13-year-old Troy Cox, a pair of Ogden siblings, on Oct. 23, 2018. The children’s mother, Sheila Cox, was also seriously injured in the crash.
Around 8:24 a.m. that day, Salas was driving south on Washington Boulevard near 1700 North when he veered across three and a half lanes of travel and hit the Cox’s car head-on in the northbound lanes, according to charging documents. Witnesses reportedly told police they did not see Salas braking before the crash.
Sheila Cox lost consciousness during the crash and suffered multiple fractures to her legs and one of her arms. Molly and Troy Cox died as a result of the crash.
A blood sample was taken from Salas that revealed he had marijuana metabolite and diazepam in his system at the time of the crash, according to charging documents. During a police interview Salas allegedly told police he had smoked marijuana the night before and had ingested a valium prior to the crash. He said he did not have a prescription for the valium, and the pill was from his wife’s prescription.
Salas allegedly told police that he did not remember the crash, and only remembered waking up afterward in pain. He also reportedly denied having a medical issue prior to the crash.
As of Tuesday afternoon, a summons for Salas to appear in court has been proposed but has yet to be approved. Salas has yet to be assigned an initial appearance date in Ogden’s 2nd District Court. He does not have an attorney listed in court documents.