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2 charged with leaving scene of fatal accident

Two men have been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries as the investigation continues into an accident that claimed the life of an Ohio man.

Killed was:Robert J. Sasak, 26, Strongville, Ohio.

Sasak was killed Wednesday after apparently leaping out of a dump truck that had lost the use of its brakes as it descended from the summit of Trappers Loop Highway toward U-39 near Huntsville.

Weber Fire District Capt. Doug Wilson said Sasak was eviscerated after being run over by either the truck or a trailer it was pulling. Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Kevin Youngberg said Thursday that it appears that Sasak was not pushed from the truck, contrary to initial reports.

Dan M. Bachman, 31, of Berea, Ohio, was initially arrested on suspicion of automobile homicide, but won't be charged with that since investigators now believe Sasak jumped.

Instead, he and James J. Wells Jr., 23, of Caseyville, Ill., were charged in 2nd District Court Thursday with leaving the scene of an injury accident and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors. Wells was also charged with obstructing justice.

Bachman was being held in the Weber County jail with bail set at $12,875. Wells posted $11,850 bail. Both men are scheduled to enter a plea Tuesday.

According to a UHP report, after Sasak was run over, Bachman attempted to turn the truck east onto U-39 and rolled the dump truck and then left with Wells, who had been following in a pickup.

The two were arrested in Ogden by sheriff's deputies after checking out of a hotel, Youngberg said.

UHP investigators are still piecing together what happened with the truck's brakes, which Youngberg said hadn't totally blown out. "The driver's being uncooperative," he said.