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Man may face charges in connection with hitting, killing 17-year-old

By Faith Heaton Jolley | Posted - Jan. 15, 2016 at 7:05 p.m.


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LAYTON — A 32-year-old man may face several charges in connection with Monday's fatal auto-pedestrian accident near Layton High School.

Layton police said Friday after reviewing the case with the Layton City Attorney's Office that Leroy Clark will face multiple charges related to distracted driving after fatally hitting 17-year-old BaiLee DiBernardo.

"Distracted driving" could refer to a number of factors, Layton Police Sgt. Paul Gardiner said Friday, adding that any charges in the case would likely be misdemeanors.

Police gather evidence and present it to prosecutors who decide what, if any, charges to file.

The accident occurred around 7:25 a.m. Monday at 199 N. Fort Lane, about 75 yards away from Layton High School. BaiLee and Eric Baarz, 17, a senior, were in a crosswalk when they were hit by a Ford pickup truck, police said.

BaiLee was hit by the truck, then a Dodge Durango behind the pickup also ran over her, police said. The family of the Durango's driver says the driver actually stopped in front of BaiLee to prevent other cars from hitting her. Lyman said detectives were sticking with their original information Monday afternoon but said the investigation was continuing.

BaiLee was taken to Davis Hospital and Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Eric was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden in serious condition with undisclosed injuries, police said.

Formal charges will not be filed against Clark until toxicology results are received from the Utah State Lab, according to Layton police.

A vigil was held for BaiLee Monday at Layton High School near the site of the accident.

Contributing: McKenzie Romero

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