LOGAN — A 26-year-old Logan man has been sentenced to prison for causing a crash last April that killed a 23-year-old Smithfield man and injured two others. Bradley Thompkins cried and wiped away tears as Judge Thomas Willmore sentenced him to at least one year at the Utah State Prison. He told his family he loved them as deputies took him from the courtroom.
Thompkins was sentenced in 1st District Court Monday morning. He previously pleaded guilty to automobile homicide, a second-degree felony, and two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, a third-degree felony.
On the night of April 16, Thompkins was driving a 1995 Chevrolet truck southbound on 100 West in Logan. The truck broadsided a white Toyota SUV at the corner of 400 South 100 West that was attempting to go east through the intersection. Police later determined that he was driving 80 mph and had a blood alcohol level of .18.
Michael Hunsaker was one of the occupants in the SUV. He was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. His mother, Lisa Hunsaker, also suffered a broken neck and a 14-year-old girl sustained a broken pelvis.
During Monday’s sentencing, Thompkins told the court he deeply regretted his decision to drink and drive on the night of the crash. He expressed sorrow for the victim’s family and said, “I will live with this the rest of my life.”
Michael Hunsaker’s father explained that the impact of the crash was so severe, it left his son’s body completely covered in bruises and lacerations. He spoke about how his wife and daughter will still be recovering for 12-18 months.
Hunsaker’s father said, as a family, they had forgiven Thompkins. He explained that the defendant’s actions still deserved a sentence though, since they have been given a life sentence without their son.
Becoming emotional, Judge Willmore said he had never seen in his 20 years on the bench, a victim’s family so remarkable as the Hunsakers. He noted that last year, 11,000 people in the country, approximately the population size of Smithfield, were killed last year because of drunk driving.
Judge Willmore gave Thompkins the maximum sentence, one-to-15-years in prison for the automobile homicide charge, and zero-to-one-year for each of the two DUI charges. The sentences will run concurrently, meaning Thompkins could be paroled in a year. He also ordered him to complete drug and alcohol treatment while incarcerated, saying he hoped the best for the defendant.