SALT LAKE CITY — A member of the Ute Indian Tribe has admitted to using a cellphone while driving when she caused a crash that killed the operator of a street sweeper on the Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation.
Wilda Annie Manning, 50, pleaded guilty in federal court last week to involuntary manslaughter while within Indian Country for causing the death of Steve Goodrich on June 3, 2015. She faces up to eight years in prison.
Prosecutors agreed to drop a second charge of involuntary manslaughter for having a controlled substance in her body while driving as part of the plea agreement.
Manning smashed her sport utility vehicle into the back of the street sweeper in a road construction zone, killing the 25-year-old Goodrich. Utah Highway Patrol troopers reported finding little to no evidence of braking before the impact.
Manning went to the hospital by ambulance, but investigators were unable to find her after she was released. She turned herself in at the Uintah County Jail six months later.