Two brothers who traveled from California to participate in the Tour of St. George gran fondo in southern Utah died after being run over by a suspected drunk driver on Saturday.
The deadly crash occurred in Washington City around 14:00 when, according to police, a Hyundai Genesis driven at a high rate of speed by Julie Ann Budge of Hurricane, Utah, veered into a bike lane occupied by brothers Adam Bullard, 49, and Matthew Bullard, 48, of Whittier, California, running over and killing both of them.
Police said the roadway speed limit at the scene of the crash is 50 miles-per-hour.
“Both cyclists were found unresponsive and life saving measures were initiated by witnesses and then continued by first responders upon arrival. After being transported to St. George Regional Hospital they both succumbed to their injuries,” according to the Washington City Police Department.
Budge was arrested on-scene with a police background check indicating she had a previous driving-under-the-influence (DUI) conviction in 2015.
Court documents filed late Saturday now reveal 48-year-old Budge was booked into the Washington County Jail on 2 counts each of homicide involving criminal negligence with an automobile, DUI and leaving the scene of a deadly accident along with reckless driving and improper lane travel.
At the scene of the crash, Budge told police officers that she had irritable bowl syndrome after being admitted to the hospital the day before to receive a Fentanyl IV drip and began to uncontrollably defecate on herself while driving, causing her to swerve into the bike lane.
After running over the cyclists, Budge did not stop her vehicle until several hundred yards later, with eye-witness accounts saying “she did not have the intention of stopping after hitting the cyclists.”
Court documents also show she was given a series of field sobriety tests and failed them all.
Organized by Ride Southern Utah and Red Rock Bicycles, this year’s spring edition of the 75-mile Tour of St George had over 700 participants according event director Margaret Gibson.
“Very sorry for the family; we’ve never had anything like that happen, and it’s very sad,” Gibson told KSL TV5. “It’s a devastating thing that happened. We’re at a loss.”
Adam leaves behind his wife, Shannon, and son Jacob, while Matt leaves behind his wife, April, son Michael, and three daughters: Amanda, Abby and Sarah. A GoFundMe campaign to help the Bullard family through this tragedy has raised more than $45,000 USD as of Tuesday morning.
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