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Driver charged with manslaughter in fatal southern Utah crash

An Arizona man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash in southern Utah in July.
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SALT LAKE CITY — An Arizona man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal crash in southern Utah in July.

Charles Ray Rediger, 51, of Tolleson, Arizona, was driving a pickup truck July 1 on state Route 191 about 10 miles north of Monticello.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, he was speeding in a construction zone and didn’t see that a semi pulling a box trailer was stopped in traffic. The pickup attempted to go around the semi but hit the trailer, causing it to swing and hit the front end of the semitrailer.

One of the four people inside the truck died on impact. Another person’s arm was cut off and was hospitalized in critical condition, according to the UHP.

On Wednesday, Rediger was charged in 7th District Court with manslaughter, a second-degree felony; reckless driving, DUI, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, class B misdemeanors; and possession of an adulterant or synthetic urine, an infraction.

Rediger was cited for speeding in San Juan Justice Court a little over three months earlier, according to court records.