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On February 12, 2018, John Andrew Duncan, 44, pleaded guilty to Attempting to Drive Negligently with Schedule II Controlled Substances Causing Death, a third-degree felony.

On November 25, 2016, around 4:13 p.m., Jaxon Dean Allred, 39, was driving a motorcycle northbound on South State Street in Provo. John Duncan was driving a Jeep and traveling southbound on South State Street. Duncan entered the left-hand turn lane, to turn onto California Avenue, and turned in front of Allred as he was entering the intersection on his motorcycle. Allred locked up the brakes of his motorcycle but was unable to stop and collided with Duncan's Jeep. Allred was severely injured and transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 4:49 p.m.

John Duncan admitted himself to the hospital and consented to having his blood drawn. Duncan's blood was later tested at the Utah State Crime Laboratory and the results indicated that Duncan had the following controlled substances in his system at the time of the accident: Methamphetamine, THC, Alprazolam, Diazepam, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone. An accident reconstruction of the collision opined that Allred was traveling below the posted speed limit when he struck the Jeep. Because Duncan was operating a vehicle while under the influence of multiple controlled substances, including methamphetamine and Oxycodone (Schedule II controlled substances), Duncan failed to exercise that degree of care that a reasonable person exercises in similar circumstances and was therefore found to be negligent.

On April 2, 2018, John Andrew Duncan was sentenced to serve an indeterminate term of not to exceed five years in the Utah State Prison for the death of Jaxon Dean Allred.

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John Andrew Duncan