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Man pleads guilty to automobile homicide

A man accused of causing a fatal accident on the Bangerter Highway last April pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of automobile homicide.

Finhas Habib, 37, appeared in 3rd District Court to enter his plea to the second-degree felony.

Habib was found at the scene of an auto accident on April 29 near 2100 South and Bangerter Highway "with bloodshot eyes, poor balance" and smelling of alcohol, according to court documents. An open bottle of beer was found on the floor of the driver's side of his vehicle, and Habib admitted to drinking earlier in the day. Court documents state he told police "he was stupid for drinking too much."

Police reported Habib ran a red light and hit a pickup truck, knocking it off the road and into a ditch. The truck's driver, Chad L. Hayward, was killed, and two passengers in Habib's car were injured.

Tuesday's plea was part of an apparent deal reached with prosecutors. Two misdemeanor counts of DUI and counts of having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and running a red light were dismissed.

No sentencing date has been set.