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Driver facing manslaughter charge after doctor dies in crash



A man was charged with manslaughter after he reportedly killed a Utah doctor in a vehicle crash last year, court documents state.

Multiple charges, including manslaughter, possession of drug paraphernalia, and reckless driving, were filed against 24-year-old Mitchell Garrett Solstad in the Third District Court Tuesday.

On Dec. 4, 2020, a gold 2016 Chevrolet Malibu was stopped at a stoplight when a purple 1989 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Solstad, hit the car. The driver of the Chevrolet reportedly pulled over to exchange information but realized the Jeep had already turned around and fled.

Witnesses told police they saw the Jeep run a stop sign and hit a 2020 Toyota Land Cruiser driven by Dr. Arthur Miller. The Jeep flipped and landed on its side. Court documents state Solstad had been traveling up to 54 mph in the 25 mph speed zone.

Miller was transported to the University of Utah Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, charging documents state.

Witnesses reportedly said Solstad smelled of alcohol, was screaming, and said “I’m sorry” repeatedly while holding his arm. Drug paraphernalia fell from the Jeep and officers discovered Solstad did not have a driver’s license nor car insurance.

After being treated for critical injuries at the hospital, police told Solstad they were investigating if he had been driving under the influence. A test later revealed THC and methamphetamine in his system, court documents state.

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