TOOELE COUNTY, Utah – More than a month after a 9-year-old girl was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash, police have confirmed the girl’s mother tested positive for drugs at the time of the crash and the woman now faces charges that include automobile homicide.
According to information from the Tooele City Police Department, a blood sample taken from Necole Anderson at the time of the ATV crash that killed 9-year-old Caessea Anderson was taken to a laboratory and tested positive for marijuana and Valium.
The press release from police states that so far police have not been able to confirm if Anderson had a prescription for Valium, and they stated that their report has been forwarded to the Tooele County Attorney’s Office for the charges of automobile homicide as a third-degree felony, operating an off-highway vehicle on a street or highway, and two misdemeanor counts for minors riding the ATV without helmets.
Formal charges have not yet been filed.
Caessea was killed in early February when the ATV she and her mother and sister were riding on struck a barbed wire fence in the family’s front yard.
After the crash, Necole Anderson spoke to FOX 13 News. She said in February that Caessea had asked to drive and that she had let her, despite knowing the, “4-wheeler was too big for her.”
She said in February that they had ridden many times but this time couldn’t maintain control.
“I tried to turn but we hit that rock right there and it threw us into the fence,” Necole Anderson said in February.
The barbed wire hit the young girl in the neck. Her older sister, Dustee Anderson, spoke about the crash.
“She stood up and she was like, ‘mom my neck,’ and then she tried talking and she couldn’t,” Dustee said in February.
None of the three had helmets on.