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Man arrested on investigation of DUI and homicide after teen dies in Spanish Fork crash

By Lauren Bennett, KSL.com | Updated - Oct. 23, 2020 at 5:22 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 23, 2020 at 3:29 p.m.


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SPANISH FORK — A man was arrested Friday on investigation of driving under the influence after he was involved in a crash that killed a 17-year-old boy.

Garrett Frank Harris, 44, was arrested and booked into Utah County Jail on investigation of automobile homicide, a third-degree felony, driving under the influence, a misdemeanor, drug possession and a few other drug-related and traffic citations.

About 7:25 a.m., Harris was westbound in a Chevrolet truck on state Route 164 (Arrowhead Road) when he crossed the median and struck an eastbound 2016 truck, then a 2002 Saturn and a 2011 Chevy Avalanche.

The driver of the 2016 truck and the occupants in the Chevy Avalanche did not suffer serious injuries, Spanish Fork Police Lt. Matt Johnson said.

However, 17-year-old Landon Wilkerson, who was driving the Saturn, suffered fatal injuries. To help alleviate the financial burden for Wilkerson's family, a friend of the family created a GoFundMe account* for donations.

In an interview with police, Harris said he had smoked meth two days before the crash, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Utah County's 4th District Court.

A blood and urine test for Harris showed he had meth in his system at the time of the crash.

According to court documents, Harris has a lengthy criminal history in Utah. He's been charged with several drug-related crimes and, in 2005, Harris was found guilty of possessing a dangerous weapon, a third-degree felony.

*KSL.com does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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