Driver Cleared in Car-Jumping Death

Driver Cleared in Car-Jumping Death

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SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (AP) -- A woman has been cleared in the death of her boyfriend, who leaped from the back seat of a moving vehicle after the couple argued.

Police determined that Nicola Schmalzried was not responsible in the death of Jeremy Densley of South Jordan.

Densley, 26, died Monday afternoon after jumping from the back seat of a four-door pickup moving around 30-35 mph and driven by Schmalzried, South Jordan Police Chief Dan Pearson said.

"He just opened the door and said, 'Watch this,' and jumped out," Pearson said.

Densley rolled to the side of the road and was pronounced dead at the scene. The couple had been fighting earlier that day, Pearson said. They lived together and Schmalzried's two children were in the pickup.

Densley apparently suffered from psychological problems and had not taken his medicine for several days, Pearson said, but had been taking drugs that were not prescribed to him. Toxicology reports were pending.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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