SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – Police said a man who killed a South Salt Lake police officer was also involved in a fatal crash earlier this year.
Felix Calata ran down Officer David Romrell with his car before he was shot and killed by an officer. Calata and another man were attempting to flee following a burglary.
On March 25, the Department of Public Safety said Calata and a girlfriend were high on meth when Calata ran a red light and plowed into another car. The girlfriend was ejected during the crash and died.
Now DPS says he was set to be formally charged with a felony DUI before he was shot over the weekend.
Many are asking why it was taking so long to charge him?
Calata was severely injured in the March crash and investigators said there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him until the toxicology results came back. They added automobile death investigations can take months.
DPS released a detailed timeline of its investigation, actions associated with it and its communications with prosecutors.
In summary, DPS said:
DPS investigators originally scheduled to screen the case with prosecutors on June 20. Constant communication between investigators and prosecutors was ongoing up until the rescheduled meeting on October 24. On October 24, prosecutors requested DPS investigators to provide more information regarding the traffic light sequencing at the intersection of Bangerter Highway and California Avenue in Salt Lake City. The requested information was gathered and sent back to prosecutors on November 14. The case was scheduled to be rescreened on December 6, 2018.
|03/25/18||Crash occurs at California Ave. and Bangerter Hwy.|
|DPS Investigation begins (UHP, SBI, MAIT)||IMC staff says Calata would be hospitalized for at least four days|
|SBI interview with Calata at IMC|
|03/27/18||SBI interview with driver #2 at IMC|
|03/27/18||DPS obtains a warrant for electronic devices/Jeep||SBI processed Jeep for evidence. Warrant provided to MAIT to conduct scan for crash reconstruction|
|03/28/18||UHP MAIT processes Jeep for reconstruction|
|UHP MAIT processes Chevy for reconstruction|
|04/09/18||SBI submits subpoena for medical records|
|04/17/18||SBI receives medical records||From IMC for both Calata and driver #2|
|04/28/18||SBI receives medical records|
|04/29/18||UHP notifies SBI of fatal report completion||This report did not include scale diagram, field sketch, safety inspection or reconstruction|
|05/09/18||UHP scale diagram completed|
|05/29/18||DPS enters case into PIMS|
|06/07/18||DPS scheduled screening with SLCo DA for June 20|
|06/20/18||SLCo DA contacts DPS to cancel screening||Canceled due to DA’s desire to wait for completed reconstruction|
|06/26/18||SBI receives Medical Examiner’s report|
|08/16/18||Calata is arrested by UHP on warrants (separate incident)|
During a traffic stop Calata was arrested on warrants unrelated to the March 25 crash. Calata was held in SLCo Jail until mid-October
|08/18/18||UHP MAIT reconstruction completed|
|08/22/18||SBI received copy of reconstruction report from MAIT|
|Aug.-Sept.||DPS follow up analysis of crash investigation/reconstruction|
Meetings between SBI and MAIT/UHP accident personnel analyzing data
|08/28/18||DPS in communication with SLCo DA for screening date|
Scheduled for September 12, but had to be canceled due to scheduling conflicts
|09/27/18||SBI follow up interview with driver # 2|
|10/03/18||SBI follow up interview with Calata (at SLCo Jail)|
|10/11/18||SBI requests/receives jail calls for Calata|
|10/16/18||DPS reschedules screening date for October 24|
|10/24/18||DPS meets with SLCo DA to screen case||DA’s Office assigns a prosecutor for follow up. DPS receives a request for information on traffic light sequencing.|
|10/24/18||SBI contacts UDOT for help|
|11/06/18||SBI receives contact from UDOT and schedules meeting for Nov. 14|
|11/14/18||SBI meets with UDOT traffic engineer about light sequencing||UDOT is able to provide traffic signal data (raw data)|
|11/4/18||DPS notifies SLCo DA about additional data and requests new screening|
|11/16/18||SLCo DA contacts DPS and sets screening for December 6|
|11/23/18||SBI receives UDOT report explaining traffic light data|