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Hawkinson sentenced for up to 5 years for automobile homicide

Sun Advocate associate editor

Darin S. Hawkinson was sentenced Monday to up to five years at the Utah State Prison for a September 2011 automobile homicide/DUI incident that killed two women.

The 48-year-old East Carbon man had pleaded guilty in Seventh Judicial District Court on June 15 to two third-degree felony counts.

Judge Douglas B. Thomas ordered that the sentences for both counts be served concurrently.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Hawkinson was driving westbound on US 6 near Cat Canyon 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.

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

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