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DUI offender faces charges in crash

Driver accused of killing cyclist and then fleeing

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MURRAY — A man accused of hitting and killing a motorcyclist here Sunday night while allegedly driving drunk is a repeat drunken driving offender.

Alfred Tuckey, 51, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of automobile homicide, DUI and hit and run.

Tuckey is accused of hitting and killing Joshua Warren, 18, about 11:30 p.m. Sunday near 4800 South and 300 West while driving his pickup and then fleeing the scene of the accident.

Warren was stopped at the intersection when Tuckey's truck smashed into him from behind, said Murray detective Rob Hall. Warren was wearing a helmet but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Motorists who came upon the accident scene shortly after followed Tuckey and called police, Hall said.

Tuckey plead guilty to driving under the influence on Jan. 11, 1991, and again on June 26, 1995.

In 1995, Tuckey received a suspended 120-day jail sentence, 20 days home confinement, was ordered to complete a rehabilitation program and paid $800 in fines, according to court records.

In 1991, Tuckey received a suspended 180-day jail sentence and was ordered to complete 48 hours of community service and pay $860 in fines, according to court records.

Hall said it's another sad reminder of the tragic consequences of drinking and driving.

People forget that an accident like this not only takes the life of the victim but also has widespread effects on family members and friends.

"There are so many resources today to help people with drinking problems. It's a shame these kinds of things still have to happen," he said.


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