A Utah man pleaded guilty to automobile homicide and failure to remain at the scene of an accident and now faces up to 20 years in prison for his role in the death of a 13-year-old boy.
Mason Ohms, 50, was drunk when he struck and killed Eli Mitchell on April 26, 2022, as the boy was riding his bicycle home from the grocery store. Ohms fled the scene of the accident but was later arrested by police.
According to court records, this was not Ohms’ first brush with the law. He has a prior history of four drunk driving convictions dating back to 1994. The victim’s family has expressed their disappointment that Ohms had been able to continue driving despite his past criminal history.
At the hearing on Monday, Ohms expressed remorse for his actions and offered his condolences to the victim’s family. He is scheduled to be sentenced and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for the charges.
The tragic incident has brought attention to the problem of repeated drunk driving and the need for stricter laws to keep these individuals off the road. In the wake of the accident, local lawmakers have proposed legislation that would increase penalties for repeat drunk driver offenders and require ignition interlock devices to be installed in the cars of convicted drunk drivers.
Eli Mitchell’s family and friends have also started a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions. They have urged the public to support their cause and help make the roads safer for everyone.
The incident serves as a reminder of the devastating consequences of drunk driving and the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions on the road. The family and friends of Eli Mitchell continue to grieve their loss, and the community hopes that justice will be served in this case.