Attempted Homicide Charges For 19 Year old Utah Teen Who Hit Child on Scooter

A 19 year old Utah teen has been arrested for attempted homicide charges after he hit intentionally hit a child on a scooter.

Auto-pedestrian accident

19 year old Steven Becky of Draper, Utah was driving erratically down the wrong side of the road when he saw an 11 year old girl walking her scooter. Becky then veered his vehicle from the left lane all the way to the right, striking the girl walking. Following the auto pedestrian accident, Becky was clearly under the influence of drugs and behaved in an aggressive manner to those on scene. When authorities questioned him, he waived his Miranda rights and admitted to hitting the girl intentionally.

Attempted homicide

Becky was booked into the Utah County Jail on multiple charges including second degree attempted homicide. Utah Code 76-4-101 states “a person is guilty of an attempt to commit a crime if he . . .

(a) engages in conduct constituting a substantial step toward commission of the crime; and
(b) intends to commit the crime; or
(c) when causing a particular result is an element of the crime, he acts with an awareness that his conduct is reasonably certain to cause that result.”

Section 76-4-102 adds “Criminal attempt to commit [homicide] . . is a first degree felony punishable by imprisonment for . . . not fewer than three years and which may be for life”.

Under the influence of drugs not a defense

Police determined that Becky was under the influence of multiple drugs including some hallucinogenics. Utah Code 76-2-305 states “A person who asserts a defense of insanity or diminished mental capacity, and who is under the influence of voluntarily consumed, injected, or ingested alcohol, controlled substances, or volatile substances at the time of the alleged offense is not excused from criminal responsibility on the basis of mental illness if the alcohol or substance caused, triggered, or substantially contributed to the mental illness.” While Becky may have not had control over his actions or intentions while under the influence, he made the choice to take drugs and therefore cannot use that as a defense. Anyone facing charges for criminal activity while intoxicated or high on drugs should consult with legal counsel regarding their options.

16 Year Old Utah Teen Charged With Negligent Homicide Following Deadly Crash

A 16 year old Draper, Utah teen was charged with negligent homicide following a deadly crash that took the lives of two of the teen’s classmates.

A car full of inexperienced drivers

Negligent Homicide
Photo by: State Farm

In November, five 16 year old students from Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah were driving on north Highland Drive just before midnight when one of the teens who was driving lost control of the vehicle, sending it into a roll. Two of the passengers, Lexie Fenton and Ethan Fraga were pronounced dead at the scene. The other three passengers, Hayden Gale, Romey Kelley, and Lauren Fenton who was Lexie’s twin sister were all transported to the hospital and released a short time later.

Negligent homicide

After a lengthy investigation, authorities determined that the 16 year old female driver was at fault for the death of her classmates. She was formally charged last month with two counts of negligent homicide. Utah Code 76-5-206 states “Criminal homicide constitutes negligent homicide if the actor, acting with criminal negligence, causes the death of another. Negligent homicide is a class A misdemeanor.”

Lesser of the homicide offenses

No details have been released as to why the teen was charged, but it does not appear drugs or alcohol played a part. Had they been, the teen driver could have faced felony charges for automobile homicide. The charges state the teen acted with criminal negligence which according to Utah Code 76-2-103 means “…with respect to circumstances surrounding his conduct or the result of his conduct when he ought to be aware of a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the circumstances exist or the result will occur. The risk must be of a nature and degree that the failure to perceive it constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise in all the circumstances as viewed from the actor’s standpoint.”

Juvenile defense

As teens are new, inexperienced drivers it is important for them to understand the safety as well as the legal risks associated with reckless or negligent driving. For more information on potential misdemeanor or felony charges teens may face behind the wheel, contact a juvenile defense attorney.