Man pleads guilty for DUI deaths of tourists

KINGMAN - A Peach Springs' man pleaded guilty Thursday to causing the death of a British tourist near the Grand Canyon.

Philbert Watahomigie Jr., 40, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony involuntary manslaughter and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

On Nov. 6, 2007, Watahomigie was driving on the Hualapai Indian Reservation near the Grand Canyon when his vehicle rear-ended another vehicle with two couples visiting the area from Great Britain. The driver of the vehicle died instantly. The remaining

passengers all suffered serious bodily injury.

One passenger was flown to a local hospital where she died a short while later.

Watahomigie's blood alcohol content was .302 percent. Arizona's legal BAC limit is .08 percent.

Watahomigie's sentencing date is set for May 28. A conviction for involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of six years in federal prison and assault resulting in serious bodily injury carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

Both carry a maximum $250,000 fine or both.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Hualapai Police Department conducted the investigation.