A Hooper woman made her first appearance in Third District Court Monday morning after she allegedly caused a fatal, single-vehicle accident on Interstate 80 in August.
Ann Margaret Fearn, 48, was charged with second-degree felony automobile homicide criminal negligence and a failure to stay in one lane infraction after she lost control of the pickup truck she was driving eastbound on I-80 near mile marker 70 on Aug. 26.
An investigation of the early morning accident by the Utah Highway Patrol found that Fearn may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the accident occurred, which enhanced the charges from prosecutors.
Gerald D. Bastian, 61, of West Haven was the only passenger in the pickup truck driven by Fearn and died from injuries sustained in the crash.
The accident occurred before 7 a.m. when the pickup truck rolled and Bastian, who was unrestrained, was thrown from the vehicle.
Fearn was wearing a seatbelt but still sustained significant injuries to her head and body as a result of the crash. She was flown by helicopter to the University of Utah hospital for treatment.
A westbound lane of I-80 was closed for approximately 30 minutes to land the medical helicopter following the accident, according to UHP.
Fearn will be back in Third District Court on Jan. 5 at 1:30 p.m. for a roll call hearing before Judge Robert Adkins.