New details released after 2 boys, age 3, killed in Eagle Mountain crash; suspect charged with automobile homicide/DUI

Photo: Utah County Sheriff's Officer/Twitter

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah, May 3, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man arrested after a car driving an estimated 100 mph ran through a corral and instantly killed two 3-year-old boys playing in the enclosed area.

The man arrested is 25-year-old Kent Cody Barlow, of Eagle Mountain, a convicted felon who was on parole after a 2021 conviction for which he was sentenced to five years or less in state prison.

Emergency response

Utah County Sheriff officers were dispatched Monday at about 7:20 p.m. to the scene, at Cedar Valley Stables in the south end Eagle Mountain, the UCSO statement says.

“The report was that a car rolled into a horse stable. When the first Deputy arrived at the scene he confirmed what callers already told dispatch, that two young boys were dead.

“Witnesses told Deputies they saw the car driving recklessly, weaving or drifting into oncoming traffic, traveling near or faster than 100 MPH, and running a stop sign immediately before crashing. The car went off the paved road to the right, shattered a vinyl rail fence, smashed through a five rail steel pole fence, smashed through another section of that same steel pole fence, then crashed through a fence panel corral, then hit a large cement block anchored in the ground, launched into the air, and then into a lean-to style set of horse stables, coming to a stop upside down. Passengers in the car told deputies Barlow was traveling 80-100 mph and was ‘drifting’ (sliding the car) as he drove.”

The car crashed through the corral fence and hit the two boys, running over them and leaving their bodies 75 feet from where they were playing, the statement says. From where the car first left the pavement, to where it came to rest, was about 345 feet, the UCSO said.

Barlow was seriously injured, and was flown by LifeFlight to Utah Valley Hospital in Provo. He suffered bruises and abrasions but no broken bones. He was treated and released. Two passengers were treated and released at Utah Valley Hospital. A third passenger was treated at Mountain Point Hospital in Lehi, the UCSO statement says.

During the investigation deputies and detectives found evidence that the driver was impaired. A preliminary drug screen was positive for methamphetamine. The evidence of drug use, combined with the driving pattern reported by witnesses and passengers, is consistent with impairment.

Current charges

Kent Cody Barlow is shown in this 2019 booking photo. Photo: Salt Lake County

Barlow was booked into jail on the following initial charges:

  • Two counts of automobile homicide/DUI with criminal negligence, a second-degree felony
  • Possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony
  • DUI with serious bodily injury by negligent operation, a third-degree felony
  • Two counts of DUI with personal injury, a class A misdemeanor
  • Reckless driving, class B misdemeanor
  • Failure to operate within a single lane, an infraction
  • Fail to obey traffic control device (Stop sign), an infraction
  • Speeding (100 MPH), an infraction

See images from the Monday evening incident immediately below:

Barlow is also currently on parole with the Utah Department of Adult Probation & Parole (AP&P). Agents with AP&P have also placed a hold on Barlow pending a possible parole violation.

“We of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office express our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of these two sweet boys,” the Sheriff’s statement says. “Their loss is a senseless tragedy and we can only imagine the depth of the grief now being carried by their families. Our prayers are with them as they walk this incredibly difficult path.”

Previous conviction

In 2021, Barlow was convicted of reduced charges of theft, a second-degree felony; theft by receiving stolen property, a second-degree felony; and two counts of failure to stop or respond to command of police (with a third count dismissed), a third-degree felony. Also dismissed was a charge of possession or use of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony.

Those charges stemmed from a 2019 incident in which Barlow, then a parole fugitive, fled a traffic stop on the stolen motorcycle, resisted arrest, then stole a Draper Police vehicle to escape again, according to court documents. The statements say Barlow crashed through fences and mail boxes before being recaptured.

See images from the 2019 incident below:

2 COMMENTS

  1. to their families, and hope there is an acceptance of responsibility by those who left this individual to commit a crime. And yet we know it’s to be even worse, as the new prison is built in the swamp land west of SLC Airport, under the guidance of Greg Hughes, former Speaker of the House of Representatives. A modern, up-to-date prison site, THAT REPORTEDLY WILL HOLD 600 FEWER INMATES. Under some political leadership it seems progress is our most important PROBLEM.

  2. The sight of those little trucks in the sand will forever be in my mind. Breaks my heart. God bless these families.

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