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W. Jordan man pleads guilty to manslaughter in crash

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A West Jordan man pleaded guilty to manslaughter Tuesday in connection with a freeway crash that killed two people last year.

Jeremy B. Williams, 20, entered his plea before 3rd District Judge Robert Hilder after waiving a preliminary hearing. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a second count of manslaughter, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.Hilder scheduled a sentencing hearing for Williams on Sept. 9.

According to police, Williams was traveling on I-215 late June 27, 1997, when he suddenly swerved from the inside lane to the outside lane and collided with two vehicles in the emergency lane.

The accident killed Greg Hawthorne, 19, who was attempting to fix one of the stopped vehicles, and Shanna Boyt, 18. A third person standing outside the parked vehicles was seriously injured in the collision.

Williams, a mail sorter at the Salt Lake City International Airport, was also injured during the crash and remained in a coma for some time after the accident. His car had a bumper sticker that said, "I swerve to hit people at random."