Judge rules Logan woman will stand trial in aiding automobile homicide

Michelle Hoppie, 42, arrested May 2, 2014. She is being charged with automobile homicide, a second-degree felony and failure to use an interlock device, a class B misdemeanor. Bail has been set at $10,583.

LOGAN — A judge ruled Tuesday afternoon a 42-year-old Logan woman will stand trial in aiding in the automobile accident that killed local businessman Randy Wirth.

Judge Kevin Allen said there was probable cause for Michelle Hoppie to face charges of automobile homicide, a second-degree felony and tampering with an interlock device, a class B misdemeanor.

During the preliminary hearing in 1st District Court, the prosecutor said Hoppie intentionally gave Alvin Henson, 40, the keys to her truck, leading to the three-vehicle accident in Millville on April 10.

The defense argued that Hoppie had not witnessed how much alcohol Henson had consumed and did not know how drunk he was.

According to sheriff’s reports, Henson was driving Hoppie’s 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup east on 200 South when he crossed into the westbound lane, striking both a Cadillac DeVille and Suzuki motorcycle.

Randy Wirth, co-owner of Café Ibis was the driver of the motorcycle. He was transported to Logan Regional Hospital by ambulance and then flown to McKay Dee Hospital where he died of his injuries on Saturday, April 12.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Cache County Sheriff’s investigator Timothy Ramirez said witnesses told him they argued with Henson not to drive before Hoppie gave him her keys.

A second witness, Jamie Mix testified that Henson had drank approximately 15 beers the day of the accident and that he also shared a drink with Hoppie.

In May, Hensen pleaded guilty to automobile homicide, a second-degree felony. He is expected to be sentenced June 30 and could face one to 15 years in prison.

Hoppie was ordered to appear again in court June 30.

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