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Utah woman who hit, killed 2 cycling brothers failed all sobriety tests, police say



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A Hurricane lady accused of hitting and killing two California brothers bicycling in southern Utah “failed all area sobriety exams” and was arrested for investigation of vehicle murder, police say. (Zoka74, Shutterstock)

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WASHINGTON, Washington County — A southern Utah lady was arrested Saturday and accused of hitting and killing two California brothers whereas driving beneath the affect of medicine.

The brothers had been biking and have been in Utah to compete within the annual Spring Tour of St. George bike race.

Julie Ann Budge, 47, of Hurricane, was booked into the Washington County Jail for investigation of two counts of vehicle murder, two counts of DUI with critical bodily damage by negligent operation, two counts of failure to stay at an accident involving dying, reckless driving and improper lane journey.

The crash occurred about 2 p.m. Saturday on Telegraph Road close to Coral Canyon Boulevard in Washington the place the 2 cyclists have been apparently stopped together with the highway.

Budge instructed police she was coming from her house and touring west on Telegraph Road when, with out warning, she suffered an episode associated to a medical situation that triggered her to show her car. “Julie said that she swerved to the facet of the highway and had not seen that two cyclists have been stopped on the facet of the highway,” a police reserving affidavit states.

She mentioned she hit the 2 cyclists along with her car and couldn’t get her car to cease, the affidavit says.

A witness instructed police that “it appeared that Julie didn’t have the intention of stopping after hitting the 2 cyclists. The witness said he adopted Julie’s car till she pulled over and stopped a number of hundred yards away from the accident,” in keeping with the affidavit.

The cyclists had been utilizing the bike lane and touring west on Telegraph Road after they have been struck by a Hyundai Genesis, Washington Police Lt. Kory Klotz mentioned. The pace the car was touring wasn’t identified, Klotz mentioned, however the posted pace restrict was 50 mph.

Witnesses and first responders tried life-saving measures on the unresponsive cyclists and each have been transported to St. George Regional Hospital, the place they have been pronounced lifeless, he mentioned. The brothers’ names, ages and hometowns haven’t but been launched.

Budge “failed all area sobriety exams” after the crash, the affidavit alleges, including that, “Julie defined that she had been admitted to the hospital the day earlier than and had been taking fentanyl by an IV drip.”

Budge was transported to a hospital the place her blood was drawn earlier than she was booked into jail, police say.

State court docket data point out that Budge has a historical past of a number of site visitors offenses, together with responsible pleas to reckless driving, failure to yield, unsafe lane journey, failure to function inside a single lane and several other others.

“We’re gutted by the tragic and preventable dying of the 2 cyclists whose lives have been taken this weekend by somebody who admittedly drove beneath the affect,” Jenn Oxborrow, govt director of Bike Utah, mentioned in a press release. “Our hearts exit to their family members and to everybody who witnessed the crash, in addition to to those that tried to offer life-saving assist.”

Bike Utah says it’s a statewide nonprofit group advocating for and supporting bicycling and different lively transportation.

“Bike lanes exist to advertise secure, lively transportation, permitting automobiles and bicycles to journey concurrently in numerous lanes on the identical roadway. As we witnessed on (Saturday), and on quite a few different events, when drivers are impaired nobody is secure,” Oxborrow mentioned.

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