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Police: Man involved in Provo crash that killed 3-year-old arrested

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Posted - May 17th, 2018 @ 6:28pm


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PROVO — A driver who was involved in a crash that killed a 3-year-old girl last month was arrested, police said.

Rick Winder was arrested for investigation of four felony violations of the Utah Controlled Substance Act in connection with the crash, Provo Police officials said Thursday on Facebook.

The crash took place about 4:45 p.m. April 15 at the intersection of University Avenue and 3700 North in Provo. Three cars were waiting in a southbound left-turn lane on University Avenue when a Pleasant Grove utility truck struck the back car, pushing it into the other two vehicles.

Chelsea Parkinson, 3, died in the crash. An 8-month-old girl was left in critical condition following the crash. The girl’s parents also were both hospitalized with serious injuries.

According to surveillance footage and witness statements, the car Winder was driving drifted from the left southbound lane on University Avenue before crashing into the three cars, police said.

Winder tested positive for oxycodone in a urine test conducted shortly after the crash, police said.

Brett Parkinson released a statement Thursday on behalf of the Parkinson family.

"The Parkinson family is thankful to all who have expressed their love and concern during this difficult time,” Parkinson said. “In response to the many inquiries, please know that the family is focusing their time and energy on healing physically and emotionally from all that they suffered and lost in this tragic and preventable collision. As for the criminal matter, the family trusts that the legal system will ensure that justice is served."

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