WASATCH COUNTY (News4Utah) – A man suspected of driving under the influence and causing a crash that killed six men in a pickup truck made his first court appearance Monday afternoon.
Jamie McKenzie, 41, faces six counts of automobile homicide and two counts driving under the influence and causing serious bodily injury.
During the hearing Monday, his bail was set at $200,000.
“Our hearts go out to those who are victims in this case and their family. We take these types of things very serious [sic]. They are tragic,” said Scott Sweat, Wasatch County Attorney.
Investigators said McKenzie was driving a dump truck that crossed the median, vaulted over the cable barrier and broadsided a pickup truck Friday afternoon.
The six men inside the pickup truck died at the scene. Three were ejected and the others were trapped inside the pickup when it was crushed by the dump truck. One of the men was identified, but Utah officials are working the Honduran Consulate to notify the family of the others.
Two female occupants of a Jeep were also injured in the crash.
The Utah Highway Patrol said investigating officers found prescription pills and open containers of alcohol inside the dump truck after the crash.
Before the crash, troopers received multiple calls about the dump truck swerving and cutting off other vehicles.
Jail records show McKenzie refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test so Highway Patrol officials got a search warrant to draw his blood.
At first, he denied drinking any alcohol, but later admitted to troopers that he’d had whiskey—he said the night before.