Utah Hit-and-Run Accident Kills Cyclist

A cyclist was killed Thursday night in an apparent hit-and-run accident. Officers were called to the scene around 6:30 pm where the downed cyclist was in critical condition.  The 25-year-old was transported to the hospital and there pronounced dead. Witnesses describe that a newer-model white van may have been involved in the accident or that its driver may know more concerning the incident. The accident occurred at the intersection of California Avenue and Fortune Road in Salt Lake City. Fox 13 reports that the cyclist was 25 years old and lived in a halfway house nearby. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of this man. A life cut short by another, and then to have that person leave the scene of the accident, is unjust and shameful. This accident accentuates a trend that has been growing in the United States: since 2003, hit-and-run accidents have continually been on the rise. Though pedestrians are most often the victims in such accidents, a cyclist is just as vulnerable when met by the force of a vehicle. Just last year, Utah news anchor Kerri Cronk was hit while cycling, only to have the culprit leave the scene of the accident. Such actions are blatantly criminal, and certainly unethical, and represent the overall moral decay rampant in our society....
Semitrailer Rollover Injures 3; SUV Driver Pinned Under Vehicle

Semitrailer Rollover Injures 3; SUV Driver Pinned Under Vehicle

Two separate vehicle accidents happened Thursday in which several individuals were injured. In one incident, a truck traveling in Spanish Fork Canyon in Utah rolled over the jersey barrier and onto the railroad tracks below. Three individuals in the truck, all of whom hail from Alabama, were hospitalized with varying conditions. Laura Fannin, a passenger in the truck, was transported via helicopter to a local hospital. Jirden Mcinvale, the driver, and passenger Christopher Odom, were both taken via ambulance to a local hospital. It is believed that speed played a significant role in the crash. The truck was carrying a shipment of apples, which were strewn all about following the crash. No other persons were injured in the event. In a separate accident, a woman was pinned beneath her vehicle after her vehicle collided with another near 2300 W. and 4700 S. in Taylorsville, UT. She was driving a Ford Excursion when a Toyota Camry turned in front of her, causing her to hit a light pole and ejecting her from the vehicle. She was pinned under her vehicle for 15-20 minutes before rescue workers could remove her; she was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Fault in the accident remains to be determined.   With winter weather conditions approaching, and more than likely here to stay, driver negligence will not be the only factor affecting safety on our roadways. We urge drivers to exercise caution, slow down, and be aware of others driving around you. Let someone into your lane, leave a few minutes earlier so you can drive in peace, and leave more distance between you...