Man Charged With Automobile Homicide After Passenger Dies In Provo Canyon Crash
May 17, 2020, 4:01 PM | Updated: Jul 13, 2023, 1:52 pm
PROVO, Utah — A man was taken into custody and charged with automobile homicide and DUI after he crashed in Provo Canyon, killing the male passenger in the vehicle.
The incident occurred around 4:00 a.m. Sunday on Squaw Peak Road.
Officials said the two men were driving down the road when the driver “failed to negotiate a curve.”
The driver, 21-year-old Victor Alencastro, lost control of the vehicle and rolled off the side of the road, down an embankment.
He suffered minor injuries in the crash.
The 21-year-old passenger, who has not been named, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident. He was thrown from the car through the sunroof, and died on scene.
Officers said Alencastro told them he had “been drinking beer and was driving too fast and could not make the turn.”
He was treated at Utah Valley Hospital before being booked into Utah County Jail on charges of automobile homicide and DUI-injury accident.
His bail was set at $6,420 cash or bond.