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Driver charged in fatal Utah auto-bicycle crash from a year ago

A man who claimed he was looking at his phone when he hit and killed a bicyclist on the Timpanogos Highway last year has now been charged at Provo's 4th District Court.

A man who claimed he was looking at his phone when he hit and killed a bicyclist on the Timpanogos Highway last year has now been charged at Provo's 4th District Court. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)



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ALPINE — A man whose blood-alcohol level was double the legal limit when he hit and killed a bicyclist in Alpine, according to police, has been criminally charged more than a year after the fatal crash.

Kenneth Julian Eugene Sepety, 25, of Cedar Hills, was charged Wednesday in 4th District Court with automobile homicide, a second-degree felony.

On July 25, 2020, about 6:15 a.m., Sepety hit a bicyclist on the TImpanogos Highway, according to charging documents.

Sepety claimed he "was looking down at his phone to change the music" and "did not even know what he hit until seeing the bicycle and victim's body on the side of the road," the charges state.

An investigation found that Sepety had been drifting in and out of his lane, going into the lane next to his and also over the fog line on the other side, according to the charges.

The bicyclist was "was struck on the shoulder of the roadway, outside the white fog line," a police booking affidavit states.

A toxicology report later showed that Sepety's blood-alcohol level was at 0.10%, or twice the legal limit in Utah.

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