NORTH OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 News) – Almost seven months after a horrific crash took the lives of two young siblings in North Ogden, the driver, who police say caused the crash, has been charged.
Alexander Vernon Salas, 61, was charged Tuesday in Second District Court with three third-degree felony charges of operating a vehicle negligently causing injury or death.
The charges stem from a crash on October 23 that killed 13-year-old Troy Cox and 11-year-old Molly Cox and seriously injured their mother.
Police said Salas was driving his vehicle southbound on Washington Blvd. around 1700 North when he veered across three and a half lanes and collided with a car driven Sheila Cox.
Sheila Cox lost consciousness and sustained multiple fractures to her legs and fractured her arm. Her two children received fatal injuries.
Witnesses told police Sala’s did not brake at all before the crash occurred and there were no skid marks in the road.
Police tested Sala’s blood and found evidence of marijuana and diazepam in his system. He also admitted to taking one of his wife’s valium prior to the crash.
During an interview with police, Salas admitted to taking a “deep hit” of marijuana the night prior to the accident and was “high” for twenty minutes. He said he remembered stopping at 7-Eleven in North Ogden and driving south on Washington Blvd but does not remember the crash.
A court date has yet to be scheduled and Salas has not been booked into jail. A background check shows Salas has no significant criminal history in Utah.
The Cox’s have since filed a civil suit against Salas for causing the deaths of their children.