Weber sheriff: Alcohol found in car after deadly hit-and-run

Derek Hendricks (Photo: Davis County Jail)

(KUTV) A male suspect in a deadly hit-and-run was charged Wednesday morning with automobile homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, and open container.

On Nov. 21, Derek Hendricks hit the rear end of the victim's vehicle and then fled the scene at high speeds, according to police.

At 3:37 p.m. a person called 911 while following Hendricks. Police say this witness followed Hendricks west on 1200 S., reporting that the vehicle was speeding and recklessly passing vehicles.

Witnesses estimate Hendricks' speeds to be 90 miles per hour on a roadway with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

At one point, police say, Hendricks almost struck a vehicle head-on while going east. At 4421 W. 1150 S. Hendricks allegedly lost control going around a curve, and went off of the right side of the road, striking a large tree on the passenger side of the vehicle. The force of the impact broke the driver's seat.

When medical and law enforcement personnel arrived on the scene, they found an injured male in the back seat and a deceased female in the front passenger seat.

The female, Amber Lawrence, died from injuries sustained in the crash. The male, located in the driver's seat, was identified as Derek Lyle Hendricks. He matched descriptions given by several witnesses.

According to police, one witness reported seeing Hendricks drive this vehicle a few hours prior to the crash.

Several medical personnel reported that while treating Hendricks, they could smell a strong odor of alcohol.

A blood sample was collected after authorities obtained a search warrant. The sample showed Hendricks' blood alcohol content to be .22 grams per 100 milliliters. When the remains of Lawrence were removed from the vehicle, an open bottle of Southern Host whiskey was found on the floor of the vehicle, police say.

Hendricks was found to have at least one prior conviction in Colorado for driving under the influence of alcohol on Jan. 30, 2012.

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