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Uncontrollable defecation blamed by US driver who swerved into bike lane and killed two cyclists

Julie Ann Budge told police her irritable bowel syndrome caused the fatal collision but has been arrested

A driver who crashed into two cyclists in Utah, killing both, told police the fatal collision happened after she swerved because she was uncontrollably defecating.

Julie Ann Budge has been arrested and booked into Washington County Jail on two counts of automobile homicide and two counts of driving under the influence with serious bodily injury.

The 47 year old told police she had various medical issues and had swerved into the bike lane after she started uncontrollably defecating, hitting the two brothers from California participating the Spring Tour of St. George event.

Despite witnesses attempting treatment, the riders were unresponsive and died from their injuries in hospital, with the motorist blaming her irritable bowel syndrome for causing the crash.

Arresting documents seen by KUTV show the driver told officers she was on multiple medications and "began to uncontrollably defecate on herself while driving, so she swerved".

Budge was followed by a witness before pulling over several hundred yards from the collision site. The arresting officer wrote that a witness reported "it appeared that Julie did not have the intention of stopping after hitting the two cyclists".

The driver of a Hyundai Genesis reportedly told police she knew she had hit the cyclists but could not get her vehicle to stop.

Arresting documents state that Budge failed sobriety tests conducted at the scene and had been admitted to hospital the previous day, taking Fentanyl through an IV drip.

"At this time, I placed Julie under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence," the arresting officer recalled. Budge was taken to hospital where a warrant was issued for a blood test.

In addition to the two counts of automobile homocide due to criminal negligence, and two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury, Budge will also face two counts of failure to remain at an accident involving death, and a class B misdemeanour charge of reckless driving and an infraction of improper lane travel.

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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Argos74 | 2 years ago
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And here's another US driver who couldn't control himself.

 

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Jenova20 replied to Argos74 | 1 year ago
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Argos74 wrote:

And here's another US driver who couldn't control himself.

 

That's brilliant. Good riddance of the wanker.

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cidermart | 2 years ago
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I think the uncontrollable defecation is coming from her mouth!!

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WBoy | 2 years ago
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Charged with 'automobile homicide'. Calling a spade a spade, and no mistake. Could do with some of that here.

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IanMSpencer | 2 years ago
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My take is that it sounds like a"right to drive" excuse. The person claims to have a debilitating condition that means that they are unable to control their vehicle, so that makes it alright to kill people.

Alternatively, it's just a really, really crap excuse.

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chrisonabike replied to chrisonabike | 2 years ago
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And yes - I've known someone with IBS, and that's a very embarrassing and unpleasant thing and could very well occur in a car.  But even if this was true it doesn't override basic public safety.

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to chrisonabike | 2 years ago
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Don't forget one of the cases which made the appropriately named Mr Poopholes name where he successfully defended Alex Ferguson for speeding down the hard shoulder because of poop. Suprisingly when pulled over by the Police, Old whisky-nose mentioned nothing and accepted the paperwork at the the time. Also surprisingly, the star-struck Judge decided this was a worthy reason for breaking driving laws. 

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hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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Assuming she's telling the truth, why swerve rather than just slow down and stop?

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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Instantly pulling over but happened to be a cycle lane on the side. Although she failed several substance tests and had a DUI from before so her decisions would not have been a "normal" persons. She couldn't even stop her car for several hundred feet until she realised a witness was following her. 

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eburtthebike | 2 years ago
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"Photos from the scene show the destroyed bikes of two men who were hit and killed by a passing car....." 

Interesting reporting from Fox13, which I assume is some media company.  In the UK it would have been something like "Two cyclists died in collision with car."

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BalladOfStruth | 2 years ago
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I'm not sure "I continued to drive despite having a known medical condition that affects my ability to drive" is as good an excuse as she thinks it is.

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brooksby replied to BalladOfStruth | 2 years ago
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BalladOfStruth wrote:

I'm not sure "I continued to drive despite having a known medical condition that affects my ability to drive" is as good an excuse as she thinks it is.

That was my first thought too.  If this is true, then she should have her licence to drive withdrawn, the same way as someone who is known to have - say - epilepsy, as she clearly cannot safely drive.  Ever.

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chrisonabike replied to brooksby | 2 years ago
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Another reason for good cycle infra - if it's safe for children and pensioners it should be safe (or safer) for people not able to drive for many other reasons.  Safer for others if they lose control of their bike rather than their car.

Much easier to change someone's habits if you've a carrot as well as a stick.

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Jimmy Ray Will | 2 years ago
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Awwww, bless her, she had to go poo poo, I think we need to show a little understanding and tolerance. It must have been terribly inconvenient and embarrassing for the woman.

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