TOOELE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – An Ogden man has been charged with automobile homicide/DUI after he struck and killed a 40-year-old Stansbury Park man last Thursday in Erda.
Accoring to charging documents, Max Joseph Pagano, 46, is facing one count second-degree felony automobile homicide criminal negligence DUI of alcohol/drugs.
Troopers said just before 6:30 a.m., Grant Goodwin, 40, is believed to have been jogging along SR-36 at Cimarron Way when he was struck. When they arrived, Goodwin was lying along the shoulder of the road in the weeds.
Goodwin had already died from his injuries when troopers arrived.
Pagano told troopers he was traveling southbound SR-36 going to work when he saw something and attempted to brake and swerve to the left but he thought he hit a deer.
Pagano said he didn’t realize it was a person until he stopped his vehicle on the right shoulder and
walked back to where the victim was.
The trooper stated he could smell a strong odor of alcohol and Pagano said he had been drinking the night before. Pagano registered a BAC of .125 during a breathalyzer test.
In a post on Twitter, UHP described the incident as “gut-wrench and heartbreaking” for the family and friends of the victim and “really tough” for first responders.
Troopers offered this reminder to the public: “If you drink, don’t drive.”