Guy Lauritzen Rams Police Car

Yesterday around 2:15 pm, Taylorsville police responded to a report of an assault where a gun might have been involved. The man allegedly involved in the assault, left with a possibly stolen gray Dodge pickup truck. The truck was seen at 3900 West and 5400 South, the license plates confirmed the vehicle was stolen. Police followed into a Little Ceasars parking lot at 3950 W and 5400 S. An officer parked in the stall behind the driver, in an attempt to take him into custody. At this point, the driver, 49-year-old Guy Lauritzen, consciously began backing out of the parking stall. Lt. Justin Hoyal of the UPD said the officer tried to stop him by performing a pit maneuver, but the maneuver failed. “The suspect then pulled out and rammed on of or police cars at a high rate of speed,” said Hoyal. Three officers were able to box him in, and bring him to a stop. However, as the officers were trying to take Lauritzen into custody, his Rottweiler dog jumped and aggressively came charging at the officers. The policemen being attacked attempted to kick the dog away, but it aggressively continued, and they were forced to shoot the dog on the scene. The man was arrested on suspicion of multiple felonies, including, assault and fleeing, aggravated assault on a police officer, and possession of  a stolen vehicle. The lawyers here at Christensen & Hymascare about educating the public on legal maters, so if you have any questions regarding the legal implications of a story like this, please call Christensen & Hymas for a free consultation: 801-506-0800  ...
Too Close for Comfort!

Too Close for Comfort!

A pick-up truck in Salt Lake City this weekend nearly crashed into an approaching TRAX train.  Due to icy conditions Friday morning, there was almost a very serious accident. The large vehicle hit black ice, jumped over a curb, and ended up on the train tracks. Luckily, the train conductor saw the truck and was able to stop the train a couple of hundred feet before colliding with the pick-up. Incredibly, no one was hurt, but the TRAX line was delayed. This all happened before 8:00 am near 3070 S. 2200 W, as the snow storm hit Salt Lake, right in time for the morning commute. Many motorists experienced traffic and a slow, slippery route to work. In Weber, Davis and Salt Lake counties, multiple slid-offs occurred, KSL Traffic Center reported 14 accidents on Salt Lake Valley surface streets in the half hour between 7:30 am and 8:00 am. Emergency crews had to deal with several serious spin-off and crashes. The Salt Lake International Airport received 2 inches of snow just Friday morning. The National Weather Service reported this time last year, the airport had received a cumulative amount of 15.9 inches of snow since October 1st. This year, there has been 60 inches. If you have been in an accident because of bad weather, or someone’s neglectful driving in bad weather, you may need an attorney. Utah Accident Attorneys at Christensen & Hymas offer a FREE Utah Accident Handbook, to help any provide information to any Utah citizen. Click HERE for your free copy, and help protect yourself from legal pitfalls that come with accidents.   Image courtesy...

Woman in Critical Condition after Car Crash

Last Sunday in Salt Lake City, a woman was severely hurt after a truck ran into the vehicle.   The man driving the Ford truck suffered an unspecified medical episode. Speculations given by Lt. Scoot White with the Salt Lake City Police Department say perhaps he had a seizure, or passed out behind the wheel. The man was traveling west on North Temple in the late morning, around 10:40. He slammed into the rear of a blue sedan waiting at the traffic light. The small car was pushed into the intersection, while the rear was crushed. The truck continued and struck another sedan, a red vehicle eastbound, before coming to a stop against the road’s side rail. A female driver of one of the cars had a severe head injury, and needed CPR at the scene of the crash. There was a male passenger who was also injured, but the female is still in critical condition. The driver of the truck was not seriously injured. Police are still investigating to determine  exactly what happened, whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved. The truck driver willingly stayed at the scene with police. If you have a medical condition that might hinder driving ability, it can be very serious, and lead to serious injury or legal problems.  If you have tendencies toward epilepsy, fainting, anxiety or panic attacks, narcolepsy, or any sort of vision problem that comes and goes, be aware and proactive, and talk to your doctor about whether or not it is safe for you to drive.   Image courtesy of ksl news...

Possible Truck Mechanical Malfunction Kills Man

Recently in Southern Utah, a man was killed when his car rolled onto SR-12. Investigators are not sure the time of the accident, but a passer-by found the site at 3:20 pm. Possible mechanical failure was involved. Soon after, in Draper, another rollover happened on I-15. A white minivan rolled through the ramp on the 14600 South off ramp. Only one person had minor injuries, and was taken to Lone Peak Hospital. What is currently said to have been the problem is a mechanical failure. It is a good idea to regularly check your car for the basics. The AA motoring advice site gives the following pointers for general vehicle awareness.  Just remember “FLOWER” Fuel. Make sure you add fuel when you pass a filing station, rather than waiting until the fuel light comes on. Lights. Clean exterior lights regularly, and check for cracks in the glass, or blown bulbs. Oil. Check oil levels regularly. Don’t wait until the red oil pressure warning light to come on. Damage might have already occurred. Water. Overheating is a common cause of breakdowns. Make sure your windscreen fluid is not empty. Electrics. Renew an old battery before it breakdown. Also, check that the electric radiator cooling fan starts running when the engine heats up. Rubber. Make sure your tires are properly inflated, especially if you are driving with extra passengers or luggage. If you check your “FLOWER” items regularly, your vehicle should not have unexpected problems that could cause truck accidents. Image courtesy of ksl...
Frontrunner Close Call

Frontrunner Close Call

In North Salt Lake last Thursday, a FrontRunner train came extremely close to a collision with an SUV. The train stopped just a few feet short of a car stuck on the tracks. There were no injuries because of some incredible, safety-focused coordination. Unusual amounts of congestion were reported all over Utah due to the strange freezing-rain conditions. The FrontRunner crossing on Center Street in Salt Lake was especially congested. There had been reports of cars stopping on the tracks. A UTA supervisor watched the crossing closely, and when the crossing arms came down, and the lights started to flash, and there was still a car stuck on the tracks, he made quick emergency call to the train, telling it to stop. The FrontRunner can travel up to 79 miles per hour, and can take up to a mile to stop completely. As shown in this photo that came from KSL’s iWitness app, the train stopped just in time. UTA spokesperson Gerry Carpenter wanted to stress the importance of following train safety guidelines. Drivers need to stop before the crossing in congested areas, and wait to move onto the tracks until it is clear to cross completely. Carpenter reminds motorists that it is illegal to cross tracks once the lights have started flashing. If for some reason you find yourself caught on the tracks when a train is approaching, abandon your vehicle completely. He says, “We can replace property but we can’t replace human...