Utah man faces up to 20 years in prison for fatally hit-and-run by pregnant woman

Jack Archibald was sentenced to motor vehicle murder and DUI causing grievous bodily harm on Monday.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Crime scene investigators work at the scene of a fatal car-pedestrian accident near the intersection of 900 E. 1700 South in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. A woman and child walking on the sidewalk were hit when a car drove over the curb and hit them. The driver of the car, Jack Archibald, was sentenced to prison on Monday.

A 54-year-old West Valley City man who beat and killed a 23-year-old pregnant woman in Salt Lake City last year and seriously injured her infant daughter was sentenced to prison on Monday.

Jack Archibald was tried in the 3rd Circuit Court on two counts of second degree auto murder for the death of the young mother and her unborn child and a third degree count of DUI with aggravated assault for injuring the 2 year old girl.

Archibald received two sentences of up to 15 years on the two concurrent second-degree felony charges. He was sentenced to five years in prison for the third-degree crime, a sentence that follows the 15-year sentence. He faces a total of up to 20 years in prison.

Archibald was driving down 1700 South on May 3, 2022 when he suddenly crossed two lanes near 900 East and then pulled onto a sidewalk where he met Libbie Allan and her daughter, police said.

Allan was 17 weeks pregnant at the time and was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her 2-year-old daughter was seriously injured in the wreck but survived her injuries.

Around three hours after the crash, Archibald had a blood alcohol level of 0.136 percent, investigators found. It is illegal in Utah to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.05% or more.

Archibald admitted to officers that he experienced a “blackout” while driving and regained consciousness after the accident as the car came to a stop.

“Mr. Archibald put our entire community at risk when he decided to drive after drinking enough alcohol to more than double the legal limit while also using drugs,” the Salt Lake County District Attorney said , Sim Gill, in a statement, “We continue to mourn the loss of the young pregnant mother and her unborn child.”

“If you drink, drive and hurt people, you will be aggressively pursued,” Gill continued.

Archibald is scheduled to appear in court for a redress hearing on June 8.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2023/03/07/utah-man-faces-up-20-years-prison/ Utah man faces up to 20 years in prison for fatally hit-and-run by pregnant woman

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