Adam and Matthew Bullard were stopped at the side of the road when they were both hit.
The Hurricane rider, who fatally struck two California brothers while they were competing in a weekend cycling event near St. George on Saturday, is facing multiple criminal charges, including DUI and automobile murder, court documents show.
Shortly before Saturday afternoon’s crash, Adam Bullard, 49, and Matthew Bullard, 48, of Whittier, Calif., were pulled over on the sidelines of Telegraph Street in Washington City while riding the Spring Tour of St. George, police said.
At the time, Julie Budge, 47, hit her in her Toyota Highlander, police said.
Witnesses began administering life-saving measures to the unresponsive brothers, which authorities said were continued by arriving first responders. But the two men later died at a local hospital.
“Had no intention of stopping”
Budge was arrested on Saturday. She told officers she had a medical problem when she pulled over to the side of the road and hit the two cyclists, court documents said.
She also told police that she did not see the cyclists and that she did not stop several hundred meters after hitting them because she could not get her car to stop, the documents show. But a witness told police that Budge “had no intention of stopping” and that she only pulled her vehicle several hundred yards from the crash site after he gave chase.
Budge had been hospitalized the day before the wreck and was on multiple medications, she told officers. According to the documents, she failed all on-site sobriety tests.
On Monday, Budge was charged with two counts of motor vehicle murder, as well as two counts of DUI and failing to remain at the scene of a fatal accident, court documents show. She also faces one count each of reckless driving and failing to stay in lane.
Court records show Budge was convicted of drunk driving in 2015. She is being held without bail at the Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane.
Brothers were ‘inseparable’
On Facebook, Matthew Bullard’s wife said Adam was his “best friend” and posted several pictures from her brother-in-law’s Instagram account @thehillslayer with the caption, “This is how they spent their last day.”
The photos show Matthew and Adam Bullard riding through the red rocks of southern Utah surrounded by other participants in the Spring Tour of St. George cycling event. An attempt to reach her on Monday was not immediately successful.
Adam Bullard was a mechanic at the Cyclery Bike Shop in Southern California, according to his Instagram profile, and a GoFundMe campaign started by store owner Steve Herrera had raised more than $21,700 as of Monday afternoon.
“Matt and Adam lived full lives dedicated to Jesus Christ, their families and each other,” Herrera wrote on the GoFundMe page, adding that the two men were “inseparable” and close to the finish line when they were struck.
“Each a rock star in his own right, Adam is survived by his wife Shannon and son Jacob, and Matt is survived by his wife April, son Michael and three daughters Amanda, Abby and Sarah,” Herrera continues.
Dozens of people took to Facebook to express shock and heartache at the news of their deaths, including many who knew the brethren through their callings and missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. People said the two were “full of healthy mischief.”
One person who said he was Matthew Bullard’s companion missionary in Texas said he would “amaze the kids with his skateboard tricks in his ‘church clothes’.” Another person said they are “good men and good examples who will be greatly missed.”
“We are asking all motorists and commuters to remain vigilant on every road,” Washington City Police Chief Jason Williams said in a press release Monday. “Our hearts are heavy for the families affected by this traffic and avoidable accident.”
The press release also pointed out that police initially reported an incorrect make and model for Budge’s car.
Authorities are still investigating the crash. Witnesses can contact the Washington City Police Department at 435-986-1515.
https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/04/11/brothers-struck-killed/ Brothers beaten and killed during Utah bike race were ‘inseparable’; Driver charged with drunk driving, car murder