Woman charged with murder, DWI after fatal 4th of July crash in Ogden

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OGDEN, N.Y. (WROC) — A woman is facing murder and DWI charges, among others, after a crash which killed her husband in Ogden on the Fourth of July.

According to the Ogden Police Department, Jennie Clark, 42, was driving her family home early in the morning of July 4 when she crashed into a utility pole along Colby Street. Her husband Matthew Clark, 43, was in the car at the time, as were three children under the age of 15.

Investigators say alcohol, speed and reckless driving all played a role in the crash.

Matthew Clark was killed instantly, officials said. Jennie Clark, received minor injuries and was briefly hospitalized. The children were not injured and released to the family members.

According to a felony complaint, one of the children in the backseat recorded the incident on an iPhone at the time of the crash. The court documents state that Clark was speeding and arguing with her husband when she drove into the opposing lane, left the road, and crashed into the pole.

The filing also reveals Clark refused to take a breathalyzer test at the scene, instead admitting to police that she had “three glasses of wine” prior to the crash. The Ogden Police Officer who filed the report said she had trouble standing, walking, and turning at the time. He also said she argued while performing a roadside sobriety test, which she failed.

Jennie Clark has been charged with second degree murder, vehicular manslaughter, three counts of reckless endangerment, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving, three counts of aggravated DWI with a child (under Leandra’s Law), and DWI, along with a series of traffic violations.

Police say additional charges may be filed.

Clark was taken to the Monroe County Jail, where she is being held without bail.

This is a developing story. News 8 WROC will provide updates as they become available.

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