Suspect arrested in crash that killed Moab man, critically injured 10-year-old boy


MOAB, Utah (ABC4 News) – A 41-year-old Cache Valley man was arrested for manslaughter after police said he caused a crash that killed a 45-year-old man and critically injured a 10-year-old boy in Moab Sunday night.

According to a press release issued by Moab City Police Chief Bret Edge, dispatch received two 911 calls reporting a reckless driver traveling at a high rate of speed who was headed north on U.S. 191 at mile marker 24 just after 8 p.m.

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper spotted the white truck described by callers and attempted to pull the man over. The driver, later identified as Benjamin Thomas Balls, accelerated and proceeded through a red light at the intersection of 400 East and Main St. Recognizing the dangerous situation, the trooper ended the pursuit.

A short time later, two Grand County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the suspect’s vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. They did not engage in a pursuit but followed the suspect.

As Balls approached the intersection of Center Street and Main Street, he ran a red light and collided with an SUV driven by Vilsar Camey, 45, of Moab, who was traveling with his 10-year-old son.

The suspect’s car then collided with another SUV driven by a 30-year-old woman, before coming to a stop across the sidewalk.

The impact created a chain reaction that cause collateral damage to several parked cars.

Vilsar Camey died at the scene of the crash. The suspect, the driver of the second SUV, and the 10-year-old boy, were all transported to area hospitals. The boy was later flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City where he continues to receive medical care.

It is not known if impairment was a factor and police are currently waiting on the results of a blood draw taken while the suspect while was at the hospital, said Edge.

After being treated for his injuries, Balls was booked into the Grand County Jail. He faces charges of manslaughter, failure to respond to officer’s signal to stop resulting in death/injury, reckless driving, criminal mischief, failure to proof of insurance, failure to obey traffic controls, unsafe travel lane and failure to operate in a single lane.

A background check on Balls shows he was charged with violating a protective order and criminal trespassing in January.

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