Last week, Ethan Jackson of Rigby, Idaho was sentenced in Lincoln County District following his conviction of a single count of Aggravated Homicide by Vehicle.
Jackson was sentenced to serve five to ten years with the Wyoming Department of Corrections and was taken into custody immediately following the hearing. The charges originated from a July 2017 traffic crash on U.S. Highway 89 in the Snake River Canyon.
The Defendant was driving a pick-up truck southbound on U.S. 89, when he drifted into the opposing lane of travel. The second vehicle driven by an Oregon motorist, Mrs. Terry Sullivan, was hit head on causing extensive damages to both vehicles and the horse trailer that Sullivan was towing.
A passenger in the Defendant’s vehicle, Ryan Coulter of Idaho Falls, Idaho suffered significant life-threatening injuries and was transported to Star Valley Medical Center. Coulter died shortly after his arrival to the hospital. Sullivan was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was released the same day.
Jackson suffered no injuries in the crash. Jackson’s blood tested positive for methamphetamine and he later admitted to investigators that he had smoked meth earlier that day.