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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

By Dennis Romboy | Posted - Nov. 15, 2010 at 2:55 p.m.



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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.

E-mail: romboy@desnews.com

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