Driver accused of punching and killing Utah teenager suspended license, police say


A 16-year-old Westlake High student was killed in an accident in Saratoga Springs on May 25, 2021. The driver who struck his vehicle was driving with a suspended license, according to recently released court documents. (Photo submitted)

SARATOGA SPRINGS – A man accused of punching and killing a 16-year-old boy in Saratoga Springs last month was driving with a license suspended at the time of the crash, court documents show.

On May 25, Ammon Chandler Blake was turning left at the intersection of Redwood Road and West Harvest Hills when he was struck by a car that put on a red light, police said. Blake, a 16-year-old student at Westlake High School, was killed in the collision.

The driver of the vehicle was also injured. As of Thursday, the case was still under investigation and no charges had been filed.

But according to a series of search warrant affidavits filed in 4th District Court on the day of the accident, the 27-year-old Mercedes-Benz driver accused of boning Blake’s car “is a subject driver. alcohol restrictions and currently has a suspended driver’s license for failing to appear “in court.

Because he has not been arrested or charged, is not naming the driver from southern Jordan at this time.

When the crash happened, Saratoga Springs Police said they were investigating a possible aspect of road rage and investigating reports that the Mercedes driver was driving recklessly.

According to the warrant, the Mercedes-Benz was following another vehicle 2100 North via Lehi and again when they both turned south on Redwood Road. The driver of the other vehicle was an officer on leave from the Utah attorney general’s office, who said he did not engage with the driver of the Mercedes-Benz.

As the vehicles turned onto Redwood, the driver of the Mercedes “knocked down the officer on leave as he drove past and accelerated,” the warrant reads. As the vehicles approached the traffic light at Harvest Hills, the officer told investigators he was 400 to 500 yards behind the Mercedes, but “clearly saw the white Mercedes-Benz accelerating through the Red fire.

“The off-duty officer reported that the white Mercedes-Benz had turned on the red light hitting the silver, T-bone-style Ford Fusion,” the affidavit reads.

The attorney general’s office confirmed on Thursday that one of its agents was a witness to the crash.

Another affidavit states that an on-site doctor observed that the Mercedes driver’s cell phone was on and a navigation app was on screen. The driver later told investigators “he was late on his way to work when the accident happened,” according to the warrant.

Saratoga Springs Police declined to comment on Thursday, saying they “are awaiting the results of some investigative processes before they are ready to be presented to the Utah County District Attorney’s Office for review “.

Neither police nor warrants indicated that impairment was a factor in the crash.

According to court records, the Mercedes-Benz driver had a few pending court cases for driving with a suspended license at the time of the fatal crash.

In December 2019, he was charged by the Southern Jordanian Court of Justice with driving with a suspended or revoked license and not having insurance.

Four days later, he was charged with the same crimes by the Riverton court after being arrested more than a week after being arrested in southern Jordan, court records show. Arrest warrants were issued against his arrest in both cases in February 2020 for failing to appear at scheduled court hearings.

In August 2019, the same man was indicted by the Millard County Court of Justice and then pleaded guilty to drunk driving and having an open container in his vehicle. He was ordered to serve one day in prison with the remaining 89 days of his suspended prison sentence and was placed on probation. On June 6, an arrest warrant was issued against him to serve his remaining 89 days in jail after court records indicated he had failed to appear in court on a summons.

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