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Utahn arrested in fatal St. George crash

Published April 19, 2013 4:22 pm

Crime • Collision in St. George caused another vehicle to strike and kill a pedestrian.
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St. George police have arrested a woman for a March crash in which she allegedly rear-ended a car that, in turn, struck and killed a pedestrian.

Police arrested Carla Lynn Brennan, 50, on Friday morning and booked her into Washington County jail on suspicion of second-degree felony automobile homicide involving a handheld wireless communication device while driving. Investigators suspect she was distracted by a cell phone at the time of the crash.

After she was booked, Brennan made her $10,000 bail and was released, according to jail staff.

The fatal accident occurred about 9 a.m. on March 4.

Police claim Brennan was driving southbound in a Toyota Celica when she rear-ended a Suburu near Sunbrook Drive and Dixie Drive, causing that vehicle to go off the right side of Dixie Drive and strike a couple who were on the sidewalk.

David Henson, 56, was flown to Dixie Regional Medical Center in critical condition, but later died. His wife, Leslee Henson, also 56, was taken to the same hospital by ground ambulance with serious injuries. She survived.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

The St. George Police Department accident reconstruction team took their time with the investigation to make sure they did a complete and thorough job, said Sgt. Sam Despain. They'll now screen the case with the Washington County Attorney's Office for possible criminal charges.


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