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Man charged in fatal crash with UTA bus

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KAYSVILLE — An Ogden man with a criminal history of drug possession has been charged in connection with a fatal crash involving a Utah Transit Authority bus.

Patrick Casey Pinkerton, 37, was charged Wednesday in 2nd District Court with causing a death while driving with drugs in his system, a second-degree felony; drug possession, a third-degree felony; and drug possession with prior convictions, a class A misdemeanor.

On April 7, Pinkerton was driving a Volkswagen Sedan on Main Street in Kaysville when he slammed into the back of a UTA bus that had pulled over and stopped at a pickup point near 135 South, according to charging documents.

“Video from another UTA bus showed that (Pinkerton) made no efforts to brake, slow down, or make any other movements to avoid colliding with the bus. To the contrary, (he) maintained his speed of travel up until he crashed into the back of the bus,” the charges state.

Video also showed Pinkerton “drifted from the far right lane into the road’s shoulder at the time of the collision,” according to charging documents.

A person in the back seat of Pinkerton’s car died from blunt force trauma, the charges state. That person, an adult female, was not identified in court records.

Investigators drew blood and found methamphetamine and THC in Pinkerton’s blood at the time of the crash, according to the charges.

Pinkerton told officers at the time that “he is a recovering drug addict and that he relapsed several days ago,” according to a search warrant affidavit.