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Man charged in crash that killed woman and 2 children

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Posted at 5:16 PM, Jul 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-07 20:08:49-04

TOOELE, Utah -- Criminal charges were filed against a man involved in a fatal car crash on I-80 in Tooele County that killed a mother, her two children and left a man hospitalized on July 4th.

Court documents said Paul Mumford was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and alternative counts second-degree manslaughter or automobile homicide.

Mumford has also been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and reckless endangerment.  A $400,000 cash only arrest warrant has been issued for Mumford's arrest upon release from the hospital.

The accident occurred on Friday near Wendover when Mumford was traveling the wrong way down the interstate and collided with an SUV, according to Utah Highway Patrol.

Read the charging documents here:

A probable cause statement filed with the charging documents state that Mumford told troopers he had gone to Wendover for lunch and some gambling.

"During my conversation with him I could smell what I believed to be the odor of an alcoholic beverage, I asked Mr. Mumford if he had drank any alcohol while at the casino and he stated that he had a couple of beers and had been at the casino for a couple of hours," the probable cause statement said.

"Mr. Mumford stated that he left Wendover and must have fallen asleep. He did not remember anything about the accident."

The passengers of the SUV were killed in the crash. They were identified as Delphine John, 44, and her two daughters, 3-year-old Anaya Orozco and 18-year-old Deliah Ramirez.

The driver of the SUV, 36-year-old Jose F. Adame-Orozco, survived and is still being treated at an area hospital.