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Taylorsville woman charged with hitting, killing woman sitting in road

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WEST VALLEY CITY — A Taylorsville woman was charged Thursday with hitting and killing a pedestrian sitting in the road in West Valley City in May and then driving off.

Beckie Lynn Adams, 24, is charged in 3rd District Court with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, a third-degree felony; DUI, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, class B misdemeanors; and not having vehicle insurance, a class C misdemeanor.

About 11:20 p.m. on May 22, police say Shantel Sponsler, 23, was sitting in the road on 3300 South at 1251 West when she was hit by a Dodge pickup truck. The driver of the pickup started to pull over after hitting Sponsler, but then drove off, according to charging documents.

Adams’ truck was pulled over in Murray. When an officer approached her, she stated “in an excited utterance” that she was involved in an accident, according to the charges.

At first she claimed she thought she hit a dog or a mannequin. But while being transported to the hospital for a blood draw, Adams told the officer, “I knew I hit a person. I should have stopped.”

Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found inside Adams’ truck, the charges state, and amphetamine and methamphetamine were found to be in her system.