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East Carbon driver facing auto homicide arraignment

Darin Hawkinson with attorney Sam Chiara.

Sun Advocate associate editor

Darin S. Hawkinson, the 47-year-old East Carbon man charged with causing the deaths of two women in a chain-reaction collision on U.S. 6 near Wellington last September, has been bound over for arraignment on May 29 in Seventh District Court.

Hawkinson waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday on two counts of automobile homicide caused by alcohol or drugs and a third count of misdemeanor speeding. Judge Douglas B. Thomas signed the bindover order.

Each count of auto homicide is a second-degree felony.

Hawkinson, who appeared in court using a cane for support, was also injured in the Sept. 23 collision near Cat Canyon and had been hospitalized with multiple injuries.

According the Utah Highway Patrol, Hawkinson was driving westbound at 81 mph in a 65 mph zone when his 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier drifted off to the right side of the road, then over corrected and crossed the center line directly into the path of an eastbound 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe was carrying driver Steven Dee Hulse, 64, Sandy, and three passengers.

The Santa Fe struck Hawkinson's vehicle broadside, ripping it completely in half. The impact then sent the Santa Fe into a collision with a Peterbilt tractor trailer, also eastbound.

Killed in the crash were the two women in the Santa Fe, 64-year-old Sharlene Atkinson and 63-year-old Lynnette C. Hulse. Steven Hulse was critically injured and William G. Atkinson Jr., 65, suffered serious injuries. All four of the victims in the Santa Fe had been wearing seatbelts, according to the UHP.

Hawkinson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was critically injured.

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