Texas Man Who Caused Fatal Crash Takes Plea Deal

October 31, 2014
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191 CrashMONTICELLO, San Juan County — A Texas man has admitted that he was criminally negligent when he drove his car across a double yellow line into oncoming traffic, touching off a four-car pileup that left three people dead.

David Lewis had been charged in 7th District Court with three counts of manslaughter, a second-degree felony. Court records show that he pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor.

Lewis, 29, of Saginaw, Texas, was driving a Nissan Maxima on Aug. 16, 2013, when he tried to pass a tractor-trailer truck in a no-passing zone on U.S. 191 south of Moab, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

The Nissan slammed into a Hyundai in the oncoming lane, then spun down the road, where it was hit by a Cadillac. The Cadillac went off the shoulder of the road and stopped. A Toyota traveling behind the Hyundai avoided the crash, but was struck by debris.

Lewis’ girlfriend, 27-year-old Stephanie Vidales, and her father, 54-year-old Juan Vidales, were killed in the crash. A passenger in the Cadillac, Arthur Loewen, 69, of Perry, Georgia, was killed as well. Four other people, including Stephanie Vidales’ 10-year-old daughter, were injured.

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