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Alcohol and speed linked to fatal crash

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Centerville police have determined that alcohol and speed were contributing factors in Wednesday's crash that killed Andrea Richards, 19, Bountiful.

Bryan Thomson was charged in 2nd District Court Friday with automobile homicide, a second-degree felony, for allegedly causing the crash while under the influence of alcohol.

Thomson hasn't been arrested because he broke his ankle and jaw in the crash and remained in critical but stable condition at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful Friday, said Elayne Shutt, hospital risk manager.

He won't be taken into custody until Centerville police see what his doctors say about the extent of his injuries, which don't appear to be life-threatening, said Von Steenblik, Centerville police detective in charge of the investigation.

Thomson's blood-alcohol content has yet to be determined, but Steenblik said officers have determined he was going 88 mph in the 50 mph zone when he allegedly broadsided Richards' car as she attempted to turn left onto the frontage road from 1700 North about 10 p.m.

If convicted, Thomson faces up to 15 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.