Utah Man Charged In Alleged Texting Crash Death

November 2, 2012

An eastern Utah man faces charges after allegedly texting and driving when he hit and killed teenager in Vernal.

Charges have been filed against 28-year-old Jensen resident Jeffery Bascom after the deadly crash the night of Sept. 2.

Vernal police say a 15-year-old Tommy Clark was walking alongside the road with a friend about 9 p.m. when Bascom’s pickup truck drifted to the side and hit the teen. Clark was taken to the hospital and succumbed to his injuries the next day.

Bascom faces felony charges of automobile homicide involving use of a cellphone while driving, and obstruction of justice.

Bascom’s attorney, Loni Deland, wasn’t immediately available for comment Thursday morning.

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  • November 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm
    caffiend says:
    It may be considered negligent vehicular manslaughter.
  • November 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm
    reader says:
    Is texting while driving a felony, now? I know states have and continue to pose fines for texting while driving but, a felony?That would mean it's right up there with DWI. S... read more
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