Woman pleads guilty to aiding in accident that killed local businessman

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 42-year-old Logan woman has pleaded guilty to aiding in the automobile accident that killed local businessman Randy Wirth.

Michelle Hoppie appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon. She pleaded guilty to automobile homicide, amended to a third-degree felony. A second charge of tampering with an interlock device, a class B misdemeanor was dismissed. She will be sentenced January 5 and could face up to five years in prison.

Prosecutors said Hoppie intentionally gave 40-year-old Alvin Henson the keys to her 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup truck after they had been drinking at a party.

According to Cache County Sheriff’s reports, Henson was driving Hoppie’s truck east on 200 South in Millville, 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.

In June, Hensen was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison after earlier pleading guilty to automobile homicide, a second-degree felony.

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