SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – The Utah County Attorney has announced charges on Thursday in the deaths of two Eagle Mountain boys killed in a DUI crash on May 2.
“Our office has reviewed the evidence available at this time and we are ready to announce charges in this matter,” said David O. Leavitt, Utah County Attorney.
The suspect has been identified as Kent Cody Barlow, 25, who authorities say was high on methamphetamine at the time of the crash.
Leavitt says Barlow will be charged with two counts of manslaughter after hitting and killing two toddlers.
The fatal incident killed two boys, Odin Ratliff, 3, and Hunter Jackson, 3 as they were playing outside in a horse corral.
“It’s a tragedy for our community,” says Leavitt.”
Officials confirmed that Barlow tested positive for methamphetamine at the time of the accident and was traveling at speeds of over 100 mph. The collision also left three other passengers with critical to serious injuries.
The fatal crash happened near 2300 N 16000 W when Barlow lost control of his car due to high speeds and ran through a fence into a corral/stable area. One passenger told police Barlow was “drifting” his vehicle when he hit a bump and lost control. Eyewitnesses say Barlow was drifting in and out of the roadway at high speeds and ran a stop sign moments before the deadly collision.
Barlow has an extensive list of previous criminal convictions and drug-related charges and was on parole at the time of the accident. He was airlifted to a local hospital after the crash, but suffered no serious injuries.
Barlow previously faced multiple felonies in 2019 after stealing a Draper police vehicle that contained an AR-15 rifle and a Glock pistol inside as he lead officers on a wild chase around town.