Driver in Fatal Crash Suspected of DUI

Driver in Fatal Crash Suspected of DUI

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Salt Lake City man had a blood-alcohol level nearly double the legal limit when he crashed a car Saturday into a rock wall off Interstate 80, killing a 27-year-old man, officials said.

Orlando Lagunas-Hernandez, 28, was booked into the Tooele County Jail on suspicion of automobile homicide, a felony, after he was treated and released from Mountain West Medical Center.

Eustaguio V. Tenagueo, of Salt Lake City, died at the hospital around 1 p.m. after he was partly ejected from the car. Two other passengers were injured in the accident, one of them seriously.

Lagunas-Hernandez was driving east on Interstate 80 about 8:30 a.m. when his car traveled off the left side of the road east of the Skull Valley exit. He overcorrected, careened off the right side of the road, and hit the rock wall, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.

When the accident happened, troopers were responding to a report of a reckless driver, who they believe was Lagunas-Hernandez, said UHP Sgt. Wade Breur.

Witnesses reported the car was "all over the road," Breur said, adding that an investigation was under way to determine where Lagunas-Hernandez consumed the alcohol.

If he consumed it in Utah, the person who served the alcohol also could face charges, Breur said.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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