Salt Lake lady charged in deadly DUI crash of highschool sports activities star
SALT LAKE CITY — Felony costs had been filed Friday in opposition to a Salt Lake lady accused of driving greater than 80 mph on North Temple and crashing into one other automobile, killing a highschool sports activities star.
Claudia Vanessa Gutierrez Thompson, 41, is charged in third District Court docket with manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and reckless driving, a category B misdemeanor.
On Sept. 24, a Nissan Maxima ran a red light at the intersection of North Temple and State Street and collided with a Honda Civic, police stated. Kaden Jacob Baxter, 20, the driving force of the Honda, was killed.
Previous to the crash Thompson additionally ran crimson lights on North Temple at 600 West and at West Temple, in response to charging paperwork. Seconds earlier than the collision, investigators say Thompson’s velocity was between 83 mph and 86 mph. The velocity restrict on North Temple is 30 mph.
Thompson instructed emergency responders that she had drank three cups of absinthe and brought 20 Valium capsules previous to leaving her home, in response to the fees. Prosecutors additionally famous that emergency crews had been capable of odor alcohol on Thompson’s breath “by means of the N95 masks that they had been carrying.”
Her blood alcohol content material was measured at 0.267%, or greater than 5 instances the authorized restrict, the fees state. Thompson’s California driver’s license had additionally expired in 2014, police say.
Baxter was born in American Fork, grew up in Heber Metropolis and graduated from Wasatch Excessive College. He was one among 4 brothers.
“Kade and his brothers had a particular bond. He liked his household fierce; they had been his tribe,” his obituary states.
Baxter had a love of sports activities, canine, films and the outside. He was captain of each the soccer and baseball groups in highschool.
“Kade was bigger than life. His ardour for every little thing allowed him to really reside his life to the fullest. He may all the time be present in a crowd, the place his contagious chortle had the flexibility to loosen up the seriousness of this world. Kade had the largest coronary heart, carrying his feelings on his sleeve. He accepted everybody, and all had been drawn to him and his zest for all times. His endearing smile won’t ever be forgotten. His laughter will proceed to echo all through this life till we’re collectively once more,” the obituary says.
Throughout Wasatch Excessive’s soccer recreation on Sept. 26, gamers knelt for a group prayer on the 8-yard line in honor of Baxter, whose jersey quantity was 8, and so they put a No. 8 sticker on every of their helmets.
“Attended Kaden’s viewing tonight. It was very obvious that he’s liked together with the Baxter household. We counted 10 generations of former and present Wasatch FB gamers exhibiting their love and respect tonight,” the soccer group posted on its Fb web page on Sept. 28. “The Wasatch FB household and lots of many others on this group confirmed a lot Christlike like to the Baxters and I’m positive will proceed to take action.”
His baseball jersey quantity was additionally 8.
“One other younger man taken too quickly by a drunk driver. He was one among my favourite gamers I’ve ever coached for a couple of causes. #1 he was a giant time competitor. Each pitch of each AB, he competed arduous and had a ton of confidence. #2 he by no means took himself, or me, too severely. He stored everybody laughing and smiling on a regular basis in our dugout. He had a ton of huge hits, performs, pitches, and so forth., however I’ll keep in mind him for a lot greater than that,” Wasatch coach Lou Inexperienced posted on Fb.