ROY, Utah, June 30, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — The Roy City Police Department has released a statement on social media saying the driver who struck and killed two people while fleeing police overnight is a 16-year-old girl who is now facing murder charges.
The two victims, identified as 20-year-old Madison Haan of West Point and 19-year-old Tyler Christianson of Ogden, died early Thursday morning when the car they were in was rear-ended by the fleeing suspect.
Matthew Gwynn, public information officer for Roy City police said the crash happened just after 1 a.m. at 3500 West 6000 South.
“When officers arrived they found a vehicle had been rear-ended by a Chevy Tahoe,” Gwynn said. “From all indications the accident was a high speed accident. After the Suburban hit the vehicle, it continued on for probably 100 yards and struck another vehicle, and a trailer on some private property, as well as a fence, and ended up in a field.”
Gwynn said prior to the crash,an officer from another agency attempted to make a traffic stop on the same vehicle but the suspect fled. Gwynn would not say if the officer was in pursuit of the suspect at the time of the crash.
Police said the Tahoe’s 16-year-old driver ran from the scene but was apprehended a short time later. Police are not releasing her name as the investigation is still ongoing.
“Once we collect all the evidence and determine what the motive was, we will sit down with the prosecutor to determine the charges,” Gwynn said.