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Payson woman sent to prison for killing 8-year-old on skateboard

PROVO — A Payson woman who ran over and killed an 8-year-old boy on his skateboard earlier this year was sentenced to prison Wednesday.

Tabatha Ann Magoon, 38, was sentenced to zero to five years in prison for operating a vehicle negligently causing injury or death, a third degree felony, in the death of 8-year-old Kaydon Sillitoe, of Payson.

An additional year, ordered to run consecutively, was handed down for possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

Magoon pleaded guilty to the charges Oct. 11 as part of a deal with prosecutors. She was originally charged with second-degree felony automobile homicide.

Magoon was driving under the influence of meth and other substances on March 20, charges say, when she hit Kaydon while he was riding his skateboard.

The boy, who had celebrated his eighth birthday one day earlier, was rushed to Mountain View Hospital where he later died.

Magoon made a wide turn onto 1000 South in Payson, veering onto the wrong side of the road before hitting Kaydon, police said in March. She admitted to investigators she had smoked meth on the day of the crash.

Tests also showed oxycodone and other potent substances were in Magoon's system at the time.

In his obituary, family members remembered Kaydon as a "curious and inquisitive child" who loved hiking with his mother, fishing with his father and caring for his pets.

Letters of support submitted to 4th District Judge Fred Howard before sentencing described Magoon as a nurturing mother of six and a kind neighbor, but whose personal traumatic experiences led her to relapse to a drug addiction. They also expressed their belief that Magoon's remorse over Kaydon's death is genuine.