LOGAN — Police have arrested the driver of a pickup truck, involved in a two-vehicle accident Monday night that killed a 23-year-old Cache Valley man and hospitalized four people. Bradley Thompkins was booked into the Cache County Jail Tuesday, on suspicion of criminal automobile homicide, driving under the influence and other offenses.
Logan City Police Capt. Tyson Budge said Thompkins was driving a 1995 Chevrolet truck southbound on 100 West, around 9 p.m. Monday night. At the same time, a white Toyota SUV was at the corner of 400 South 100 West, attempting to go east through the intersection. As it started through the intersection it was broadsided by the truck.
“The truck hits the white car just behind the driver’s door and spins it into a truck that’s parked along 100 West facing northbound, hitting it hard enough that it snapped the axle of that parked truck,” Budge explained. “The southbound truck continued, skidding and sliding, until it hit the curb and kind of rolled, before hitting a tree about 450 South.”
The 23-year-old driver of the Toyota was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. His identity is still being withheld, due to constraints in reaching family members. The man’s mother and sister were also in the car. They were both hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
As officers arrived, witnesses were assisting Thompkins. Bystanders also reported two other occupants in the truck had ran from the scene.
Officers began searching and soon located 26-year-old Jerry L. Gooding, hiding a block away from the crash. He was combative and uncooperative. He and Thompkins were also treated at the hospital. The second runner, a 17-year-old male juvenile, was located hours later at his residence.
Accident re-constructionists investigated the scene. They found the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed. Thompkins, Gooding and the 17-year-old were also found to have been consuming alcohol during the evening before the crash.
Budge described the accident scene as being chaotic.
“Looking at the damage to the vehicles, the truck was definitely not going 25 mph, I can tell you that much.”
Charges for Gooding and the 17 year old male are pending the completion of the investigation.