Driver suspected of killing pedestrian arrested for possible DUI following day

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A man who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, allegedly hit and killed a pedestrian the day before his arrest.

Gordon Hal Holmstead, 68, is charged with driving under the influence on February 8.

According to arrest records, Holmstead was driving erratically when he side-swiped two vehicles at 8600 South in Sandy before crashing his vehicle.

At the scene, officers noted Holmstead’s speech was “slow and slurred.” Police said at the hospital Holmstead admitted to taking several depressants before the crash.

The day before his arrest, Holmstead is accused of hitting and killing a 44-year-old Sandy man. Fernando Cruz Lavana was hit and killed while crossing the street on the afternoon of February 7.

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