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Woman pleads guilty to auto homicide

A 39-year-old woman pleaded guilty in 3rd District Court this week to causing the Nov. 2, 2000, accident that killed a woman.

In exchange for Dawn Marie Chapman's guilty plea to automobile homicide, a third-degree felony, prosecutors dismissed a class A misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to court documents, Chapman was driving a sport-utility vehicle south on Bangerter Highway when she began to make a left turn against a red turn arrow at the intersection of 3500 South.

Chapman's SUV collided with a car traveling north on Bangerter Highway. The driver of the car, Richard Locker, was taken by ambulance to a hospital and treated for minor back and neck injuries. His passenger, Anna Locker, lost consciousness and was taken to LDS Hospital by medical helicopter. She later died from injuries to her abdomen, chest and head.

Officers responding to the accident smelled alcohol on Chapman's breath, charges state. Chapman underwent field sobriety tests "with varying levels of success."

A blood test later showed Chapman had a 0.17 blood alcohol level, charges state, double the state's legal limit of 0.08.

Chapman faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced May 14.