Man arrested in April 15 vehicle death of Chelsea Parkinson
Provo police arrested Rick Winder, the reported driver of a Pleasant Grove government utility truck during an April 15 multi-vehicle collision that killed 2 year-old Chelsea Parkinson.
According to a report released by police late Thursday and following a thorough investigation into the incident at the intersection of University Avenue and 3700 North, Winder was arrested on suspicion of four counts of second-degree felony operating a vehicle negligently and causing injury or death.
Online records indicate Winder was been booked into Utah County Jail early Thursday evening.
“The investigation showed that Rick Winder had tested positive for oxycodone during a urine test shortly after the accident,” the report said. “After reviewing video surveillance of the accident and speaking with witnesses, it was found that the truck that Rick Winder was driving had drifted from the left southbound lane on University Avenue before it crashed into three vehicles that were stopped in the left turn lane at 3700 North.”
The collision resulted in Chelsea Parkinson’s death at the scene and caused serious injuries to members of the Parkinson family.
Her 8 month-old sister was flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center, and the parents taken to a local hospital. Those living were in critical but stable condition. All three have since been released from the hospital.
On behalf of the Parkinson family, Brett Parkinson issued the following statement via Provo police: “The Parkinson family is thankful to all who have expressed their love and concern during this difficult time. In response to the many inquiries, please know that the family is focusing their time and energy on healing physically and emotionally from all that they suffered and lost in this tragic and preventable collision. As for the criminal matter, the family trusts that the legal system will ensure that justice is served.”
Brett Parkinson also thanked those involved in the investigation.