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Man pleads guilty to auto homicide

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PROVO — An Orem man pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree felony automobile homicide as part of a plea bargain that would limit his sentence.

Bryce Gregory Collings, 29, told 4th District Judge Anthony Schofield that he understood the agreement meant he would no longer be presumed innocent in connection with the April death of Lynne Denney. In return, charges of driving under the influence of drugs were dropped.

According to the police, Denney, 58, died instantly when a vehicle allegedly driven by Collings crossed the center line and collided head-on with Denney's car. Blood tests taken at the time showed a high level of methamphetamine in Collings' body at the time of the accident.

Police say Collings, who has been arrested 25 times since 1994 — mostly on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs — is a habitual methamphetamine user.

Collings will appear before the court on Oct. 22 for sentencing on two third-degree felony charges of methamphetamine possession and one second-degree felony charge of automobile homicide. He faces up to 35 years in prison for all counts.