WEST JORDAN, Utah (News4Utah) – A man accused of causing a crash in Herriman that killed a 5-month-old child and critically injured five others has formally been charged with manslaughter, DUI and several other felonies.
Charges were officially filed on Friday in 3rd District Court against Lawrence Probert, 26, of Kearns for a crash that happened at the intersection of Mountain View Corridor and Rosecrest Road in Herriman just after 7 pm on April 9.
Those charges include DUI, manslaughter, negligent driving causing death, cruelty to an animal and assault or threat of violence against a health care worker.
Charging documents state that just prior to the crash dispatchers received several calls reporting Probert as driving erratically. One witness told police they were traveling approximately 55 mph on Redwood Road when a GMC truck, driven by Probert, passed them “like they were standing still”. That witness said the driver nearly sideswiped several vehicles before they witnessed the driver crash into two other vehicles on Mountain View Corridor.
At the scene, police said one infant died and four adults and one toddler were transported to area hospitals with serious to critical injuries.
Probert’s passenger, a female, who was eject in the crash and is now paralyzed from the diaphragm down, told police she repeatedly begged Probert to pull over and let her out but he refused. The woman also had her dog with her in the car who lost an eye as a result of the crash.
Officers said Probert was combative and spitting blood on paramedics.
Probert told medical personnel he had smoked meth earlier in the day and a preliminary toxicology report shows he tested positive for methamphetamine.
Probert has been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail and is being held without bail.