Eagle Mountain, UT (May 03, 2022) – A Utah man who was high on meth and driving at speeds up to 100 miles per hour on Monday, May 2nd ran a stop sign and crashed through a set of horse stables where two 3-year-old boys were playing, instantly killing them both.
At about 7:20 p.m., 25-year-old Kent Cody Barlow was badly injured during the crash and transported by medical helicopter to a hospital in Provo but has since been released. He is facing two counts of automobile homicide with criminal negligence, speeding at 100 mph, DUI with serious bodily injury, possession of a controlled substance, and various other charges.
Barlow’s car left the roadway, smashed through a vinyl rail fence and a five-rail steel pole fence, through another section of the steel pole fence, and then through a fence panel corral. The vehicle then struck a large cement block affixed to the ground, which launched it into the air, and through a lean-to pair of horse stables.
The car came to its final stop upside down, about 345 feet from where it first left the asphalt.
Two 3-year-old boys, friends, were playing with their toys in an animal corral when Barlow’s vehicle plowed through, throwing both toddlers more than 75 feet and killing them instantly.
Three passengers in the vehicle, 17, 18, and 21-years-old were hospitalized in unknown conditions.
A drug screen of Barlow, who was reported to be on parole at the time of the incident, tested positive for methamphetamine.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased victims at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
From 2018 to 2019, Utah’s arrest rate of drivers under the influence fell by 4%. The majority of these arrests were made in Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, and Weber counties which, altogether, account for 70% of the state’s intoxicated driving arrests. All remaining counties outside of Wasatch Front combined contributed to 30% of Utah’s drunk and drugged driving accidents, a total disproportionate to the region’s population.
Similar to other types of vehicle accidents, fault on the part of the drunk or drugged driver has to be established in order to be able to pursue compensation for your losses which, in this kind of claim, can include economic and non-economic damages.
In rare cases, those where the driver showed gross negligence, punitive damages can also be awarded.
If you were injured in an accident due to someone else’s reckless actions, talk with our Utah personal injury attorneys at (801) 350-3506 to schedule a free claim evaluation and find out how we can help you.
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