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State v. Hallett

Utah Supreme Court
619 P.2d 335 (1980)


Facts

Around 10:30 p.m. one night after Kelly Hallett (defendant) and Richard Felsch had drunk to intoxication, they drove to a specific highway intersection regulated by stop signs. Hallett bent over the stop sign which faced northbound traffic until it was parallel to the ground. Hallett then removed the other stop sign completely. The following morning Krista Limacher and her family were driving eastbound on the highway when she collided with a car driven by Betty Jean Carley who was travelling southbound and did not see the bent-over stop sign. Carley suffered extensive injuries and subsequently died at a hospital. Hallett was charged with manslaughter. At trial, Hallett was convicted on a lesser offense of negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor. Hallett appealed.

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