Shawn Sturgeon: Man accused of running over and killing wife as she put their child in backseat!
A man is accused of running over and killing his wife in a parking garage at Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah on Monday, April 4. Shawn Sturgeon, 38, was intoxicated when Charlotte Sturgeon, 29, was killed while picking up their car on their way home from vacation, as per the arrest report filed on Tuesday. According to KUTV, the police have reviewed CCTV footage of the incident, which shows the pair getting into their car. Charlotte was putting their child in the backseat with the door open when Shawn began reversing the car. The mother was run over and dragged for roughly 10 feet after collapsing on the ground.
Shawn then walks the victim to the vehicle and places her in the front passenger seat. He then drove to the toll booth and begged for assistance, according to police. The victim was brought to the hospital where she died later. Officers said that he had a distinct alcoholic odor coming from his mouth and that his eyes were red and swollen. According to the investigating officers, the suspect made several spontaneous utterances in which he said to have "ran my wife over," "killed my wife," and "accidentally ran her over."
According to local news outlet KSL, an affidavit from Utah detectives reads, "The victim appears to be standing in the open rear passenger door and (her husband) begins to reverse the vehicle. The victim's legs can be seen flailing about as he continues to reverse, being dragged which causes her to fall to the ground under the vehicle. The arriving officers stated that (Shawn) appeared to be under the influence of alcohol as evidenced by the odor coming from his mouth and glassy bloodshot eyes.”
Currently, Shawn is being detained at the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of vehicular murder and criminal carelessness DUI of alcohol and drugs. According to DeseretNews, a person can be arrested for investigation of automobile homicide if the driver operates a motor vehicle in a negligent manner causing the death of another, and has a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit of 0.05%.
ICYMI: Police say a husband and wife had just returned from vacation when things turned deadly. Shawn Sturgeon is accused of running over his wife in the @slcairport parking garage. https://t.co/5w1pfyjNjB @KUTV2News pic.twitter.com/mO39gYUVrs— Jeremy Harris (@JeremyHarrisTV) April 5, 2022
Police revealed in their investigation that most recently, the pair resided in Taylorsville, Utah. The husband and wife had just returned from a holiday when things went wrong. Police also released a statement saying, “Shortly after the crash, Sturgeon drove the vehicle, with his wife critically injured inside, to the airport parking payment booths where he asked for help. This incident occurred shortly after the couple returned to SLC from a vacation.” It is still unknown whether he has appointed a counsel to represent him.