News / Utah / 

Man accused of hitting UVU student with car waves right to preliminary hearing

Man accused of hitting UVU student with car waves right to preliminary hearing

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

PROVO — A man suspected of driving high on heroin who police say struck a college student this summer waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday in 4th District Court.

Justin T. Hicken, 22, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony; driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a third-degree felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, class A misdemeanor.

Police say Hicken, of Spanish Fork, crossed three lanes of traffic near a busy Springville intersection and hit Catherine Joy Smith-Warner while she was walking to a bus stop Aug. 25.

A Utah Valley University dance major, Smith-Warner suffered severe injuries, including a broken tibia and shattered knee.

Hicken consented to a drug test that came back positive for heroin, police said. Hicken had been in court the day before the crash on a previous charge of driving under the influence of drugs.

Judge Darold McDade set an arraignment date for Dec. 13. He also lowered bail to $1,000 cash or bond, provided Hicken enter the Steps Recovery Program.


Related stories

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics

Dennis Romboy


    Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast