TOOELE — A man accused of hitting and killing a jogger in Erda was formally charged Monday.
Max Joseph Pagano, 46, of Tooele, was charged in Tooele County’s 3rd District Court with automobile homicide, a second-degree felony.
Pagano was driving Thursday morning on state Route 36 near Cimmarron Way when he hit Grant Goodwin, 40, who was jogging in the right shoulder, according to charging documents.
Pagano told Utah Highway Patrol troopers investigating the crash that he was on his way to work when “he saw something and attempted to brake swerve to the left, but he hit what he stated he thought was a deer. He stated he didn’t realize it was a person until he stopped his vehicle on the right shoulder and walked back to where the victim came to rest,” the charges state.
Investigators did not see any tire marks to indicate heavy braking, the charges state. But they did find debris in the shoulder of the road where they believe Goodwin was jogging.
Pagano also told troopers he had been drinking the night before and woke up early to go to work. Investigators tested his blood alcohol level, which registered at 0.125, or 2½ times the legal limit, according to the documents.