SALT LAKE CITY — A Taylorsville man who police say admitted that road rage was the reason behind a fatal crash that killed a motorcycle rider in April now faces criminal charges.
Carlos Fernando Quintana-Lozano, 37, was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and leaving the scene of an accident involving death, a third-degree felony.
On April 19, just before 3 a.m., David Lee Haines, 63, of Riverton, was riding his motorcycle east on state Route 201 when he was hit from behind by a Chevy Malibu, causing Haines to crash into a concrete barrier near 2700 West, according to charging documents. Haines was declared dead at the scene.
The Chevy was found by Utah Highway Patrol troopers abandoned in the middle lanes. There was heavy damage to both vehicles.
A witness told investigators that the motorcycle was being “chased” by the Chevy, according to the charges.
“The motorcycle moved to the right shoulder when the Malibu moved to the left side of the motorcycle. The Malibu then struck the motorcycle with his vehicle,” the charges state.
Both vehicles hit the concrete wall on the right shoulder. While the witness called 911, Quintana-Lozano got out of his car and walked away from the scene, never checking on the condition of the motorcyclist, according to the charges.
About 17 hours later, troopers tracked down the registered owner of the car and arrested Quintana-Lozano at his house.
“He stated that the motorcycle was going fast so he pushed on the gas to pass him. Quintana-Lozano admitted it was ‘road rage’ and that he had fled because he was scared,” the charges state.
Quintana-Lozano has had numerous charges filed against him for driving violations, including impaired driving and driving on a suspended license, according to court records.
He was most recently convicted of aggravated assault in February and placed on probation. He pleaded guilty to attacking his neighbor with a stick in December.