NORTH SALT LAKE — A 66-year-old North Salt Lake woman was pronounced dead at the scene of an auto-pedestrian accident Sunday evening.
North Salt Lake Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam said Brenda Henderson was crossing Highway 89 about 8:45 p.m. Sunday, when she was struck by a southbound van driven by a 16-year-old girl.
Gwilliam said the woman was apparently just out for a walk and was crossing the highway westbound when she was hit. There was no indication of excessive speed or evidence of drugs or alcohol involved. There were three passengers in the car at the time. They told police it was dark and that they didn’t see the woman until they hit her.
The accident is still under investigation.
Mental tests may decide teachers’ fate
FARMINGTON — One of two Bountiful Junior High teachers has undergone a mental evaluation and the attorney for the other has now requested such an evaluation for his client.
Valynne Bowers, 39, was in court Monday for a pre-trial conference and Linda Nef, 46, was in court last Friday for a status hearing on the felony counts.
Bowers, a math teacher, pleaded not guilty to rape and forcible sodomy on a student last month. On Monday, her attorney, Rich Gallegos asked the judge to postpone the case so a psychosexual evaluation can be done on his client.
Meanwhile, Sean Druyon, the attorney for Linda Nef, the other teacher accused of having sex with the teen, told reporters Friday that his client has undergone a psychosexual evaluation which he hopes shows she is not a pedophile, but was “put in a situation where she acted in a way that she normally wouldn’t, and that she’s not someone that’s a high risk to the community.”
Nef, a Utah studies teacher, appeared in court Friday for a status hearing, where she waived her right to a preliminary hearing. She will be arraigned May 5.
Nef is also charged with rape of a child and forcible sodomy.
Both women hope plea deals can be worked out in the case.
Speaking after Bowers’ hearing on Monday, Deputy Davis County Attorney Richard Larsen said prosecutors are waiting for additional documentation from Bowers’ attorney at this point before proceeding.
She will be back in court on May 4.
Nef went to police early in March and admitted to a relationship with the boy, who was 13 at the time.
The teens’ relationship with Bowers followed Nef’s. She resigned after going to police.Bowers submitted her resignation later in the month.
If no plea deals are reached, the women could be facing prison terms of 25 years to life