Man charged with criminal homicide after fatal crash in Washington County

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Charges were filed against a man accused of causing a crash that resulted in the death of a woman in Washington County last year. (Photo: UHP)

Charges were filed against a Highland man accused of causing a crash that resulted in the death of a woman in Washington County last year.

Charging documents state Christopher Weaver, 37, is facing criminal homicide, a second-degree felony, and speeding, an infraction, in Washington County court.

Witnesses told police that Weaver was seen driving eastbound on state Route 9 in a black Ford truck at a high rate of speed while approaching the intersection with Telegraph Street.

Several eastbound cars were stopped at the traffic light when Weaver reportedly approached from behind and struck a Mazda 3.

Charging documents state the impact pushed the Mazda into the vehicle stopped in front of it, causing other vehicles to be hit.

The driver of the Mazda was severely injured and later died because of multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the crash.

Weaver was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

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Charging documents state Weaver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was thrown into the windshield of his truck.

The 37 year old told detectives he was heading to the Chevron at the corner of SR-9 and Telegraph Street before going to work.

"To get to the Chevron or his workplace, would require defendant to enter the left hand turn lane at the intersection and turn left on Old Highway 91," court documents state. "Defendant, however, impacted the Mazda in the number one eastbound lane on SR-9. Defendant told officers he did not know what lane he was in upon impact."

When asked if he had blacked out, Weaver said he believed he did, adding that he also had problems with his brakes. Charging documents state that despite Weaver's claim of blacking out, he was able to recall the color of the Mazda that he hit.

Authorities conducted a crash study following the incident and confirmed that there was excessive wear on Weaver's truck brakes. It also showed Weaver was traveling 12 miles above the 60 mph speed limit.

When he began to brake just before impact, he hit the Mazda at 75 mph.

Weaver told police that he was taking the drug Gabapentin, but his drug test came back negative for Gabapentin and positive for Oxycodone, court documents state.

Authorities confirmed Weaver had not been given Oxycodone at the hospital on the day of the crash.

"Officers were unable to find any evidence of distractions that would have contributed to the defendant crashing into the Mazda," charging documents state.

Individuals charged in complaints are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.