PAYSON — A head-on crash in Utah County sent a young girl and her mother to the hospital with serious injuries. Police say the man behind the wheel was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol.
He's also in the hospital, until he is well enough to go to jail.
A sobriety checkpoint had been planned for weeks in the area but hadn't gone up yet.
"The two drivers had serious injuries and the seven year old girl has critical injuries, but she is stable."
The crash happened on the highway between Salem and Spanish Fork Thursday morning, as Lindsay Dyches was driving her young daughter Presley to school.
"The two drivers had serious injuries and the 7-year-old girl has critical injuries, but she is stable," said Cpl. Todd Johnson, Utah Highway Patrol.
As UHP troopers investigated, they found that 33-year-old Aaron Moorman had crossed into the wrong lane of traffic.
"There was evidence of alcohol and also drug use inside that van."
"We believe the male driver of the van was impaired," Johnson said. "He is being investigated for DUI. He has been cited, he was cited at the hospital yesterday, and that investigation will continue."
Moorman has a history of drug and DUI offenses and is suspected of being both drunk and high at the time of the crash.
"There was evidence of alcohol and also drug use inside that van," Johnson said.
According to a Facebook page set up to help the Dyches family with medical bills, Moorman had no insurance. The page states that Lindsay broke her left arm and ankle and that Presley has broken ribs and internal bleeding.
This is a tragic impact to a family and community, all because of impaired driving.
"Unfortunately we still have this problem, too many people impaired," Johnson said. "And it is too bad this person could not have been detected earlier before this crash happened or couldn't have taken responsibility for himself and stayed off the road."
The Utah County Sheriff's office will continue the DUI checkpoint until after midnight Friday — every car will be stopped briefly and if any driver is suspected of DUI, they will be subject to field sobriety tests.