On January 5, 2020, police said 29-year-old Lincoln Richard Bywater focused a red light while driving a westbound Tesla Model S in North Temple and collided with a northbound Nissan Sentra on 900W.
Baywater, passenger and Nissan driver They were all taken to hospital in critical condition.
The Nissan driver, later identified as 50-year-old Sarina Astorga, died of her injuries four days later. Her family said she was a mother of three and had 12 grandchildren.
The Tesla passenger, identified in court records only as “J. Lucero,” was released from hospital five days after the accident — but police said he died of his injuries at his home on January 18, 2020.
More than two years after the accident, on January 24 of this year, Bywater was charged with two counts of premeditated murder, one count of misdemeanors of reckless driving, and three driving offenses.
Shipping documents state Bywater’s blood alcohol content of 20 percent – four times the legal driving limit. However, he was not charged with driving under the influence of drugs.
Investigators say they used Tesla’s own data to determine that Bywater was driving at up to 100 mph before the collision, and 89 mph when he crashed into the Astorga. The data also showed that the Tesla was coming from the Grand America Hotel, and neither Baywater nor Lucero were wearing seat belts.
It was not clear why he was charged long after the incident and the deaths of Astorga and Lucero.
Court documents show that he had not been arrested at the time he was charged, but that a subpoena was issued on February 28. After he did not turn up, an arrest warrant was issued with the set bail of $25,000. – But he wasn’t arrested until Friday when marijuana was allegedly found in his possession.
The arrest report says that Bywater was arrested after a witness reported to Utah Transportation Authority police that two people were smoking marijuana on the FrontRunner platform. The arresting officer said that Bywater and another man were found in possession of marijuana and several controlled prescription drugs. Police discovered Baywater’s manslaughter orders and arrested him. He also now faces three misdemeanor drug counts and one count of providing false personal information to a police officer.
Bywater, a Draper resident, was held in the Salt Lake County Jail on $500 bond for alleged drug offenses, though court documents as of Saturday showed a $25,000 arrest warrant was still in place for non-murder charges. The willful.