Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 27, 2014
Tooele man will go to jail for crash that took life of popular coach

A Tooele man will serve time in jail for causing a traffic accident that claimed the life of a popular local coach more than a year ago.

Randy Bowen, 40, was sentenced to a year in the Tooele County Detention Center in 3rd District Court Tuesday for negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor, for the January 2013 crash.

Of that year, 185 days will be suspended and Bowen was given credit for 61 days in jail already served. Bowen will additionally serve three years of probation.

Bowen was northbound on state Route112 near Grantsville City limits on Jan. 24 when he drifted into the southbound lane, hitting a green Dodge Caravan head-on. The force of the impact spun the van around, and it was struck from behind by a black GMC pickup truck.

The driver of the van, 73-year-old John Mahler of Tooele, was critically injured and flown to a Salt Lake hospital where he died of his injuries. Bowen was also taken to a Salt Lake hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Mahler was a popular local basketball coach who was returning home from a basketball practice at Grantsville Junior High School at the time of the crash. He had previously coached in Oregon, Washington, California, Oklahoma and Salt Lake before coming to Tooele County as assistant coach at Tooele High School in 2007.

Bowen was initially charged in June 2013 with automobile homicide negligence of DUI by alcohol and/or drugs, a third-degree felony. He pleaded no contest to a class A misdemeanor negligent homicide on Feb. 11.

Bowen was also sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail for one count of class A misdemeanor assault on a domestic violence case from last July. The year-long term will be served consecutive to the term from Bowen’s negligent homicide case. Bowen will also be on probation for three years for that case. 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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