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Man charged in fiery crash makes court appearance

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Shane Gillette
Shane Gillette

SALT LAKE CITY -- A man charged with manslaughter in connection with a fiery car crash made his first appearance in court Wednesday morning.

Shane Gillette heard the charges against him for the first time formally over a video link from the Salt Lake County Jail.

Prosecutors say he was under the influence of drugs, speeding, and operating a vehicle with iced-over windows when his truck rear-ended Julie Jorgensen's car, killing her. It happened near 300 East and 500 South around 5:15 a.m. on Jan. 6. Jorgenson's vehicle was stopped at a red light at the intersection when Gillette's truck hit it.

In addition to the manslaughter count he faces a DUI charge.

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