Courtney Osbourn and 3 teenage friends hospitalized

Courtney Osbourn and 3 teenage friends hospitalized

Courtney Osbourn, a 13 year old form Payson, and three friends were crossing a dark rural street on Saturday when they were hit by a car driven by a fellow teenager. Courtney remains in critical condition while her friend Jared Filmore is also being held at Primary Children’s Hospital for further observation of head trauma. The other teens, Shanece Reynolds and Hailey Burr, were released yesterday after their leg injuries were attended to. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 59% of all fatal car crashes for teens occur on the weekend. Though figures for teenage accidents like these typically involve drug or alcohol abuses, in this incident none of the kids were under the influence. We at Christensen & Haymas extend our sympathies to these teens and we wish them a speedy recovery. We urge those involved in this incident and others like it to call us at (801) 506-0800 for a free case consultation.   This story was originally published by the Deseret News Image courtesy of...
Kevin Johnston Arrested for DUI

Kevin Johnston Arrested for DUI

KSL News reported that Kevin Johnston, 27, was arrested over the weekend for driving while intoxicated.  In fact, he had almost 5 times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood stream.  His blood alcohol level was .36%, the legal limit in Utah being .08%.   “Police said that much alcohol could be deadly.” When police arrived on the scene, they found Johnston in the middle of Creek Road, passed out.  He had apparently left his vehicle after it’s engine had stalled, lost control of his balance and knocked himself out after hitting the pavement with his face. The police also found packages of marijuana–“ready to sell”–in Johnston’s car, an open container of beer, a drug pipe, and a medication bottle with a false bottom, ready to conceal illicit material. Johnston has a lengthy police record, including two prior DUI charges and drug related charges.  Since this is his third DUI charge, officers arrested him for a felony, not merely a misdemeanor. Although no one was injured except Johnston himself, the situation presented could have been much worse.  Setting aside the drugs, driving while intoxicated is very dangerous.  According to the Century Council, there were over 10,000 DUI-related deaths in 2010 alone.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that teens and motorcyclists are most at risk for driving while intoxicated. Driving while intoxicated is very serious.  The consequences could be as dramatic as killing someone or yourself.  At the least, the loss of a driver’s licence and possible jail time could be imposed. If you intend on drinking, make sure to take the proper steps to assure no one will...

Fuel Tanker Crash in Urban Environment

In West Jordan, Utah this past Saturday, a fuel tanker and a passenger car collided. The small vehicle’s driver was left with serious injuries. Around 8:45 am, a Toyota Avalon was turning left into a McDonald’s restaurant parking lot around 7800 South and 1800 West. A tanker hauling propane was coming the opposite direction and the two crashed. The truck rolled, and this iWitness photo shows it on it’s side: The driver of the Avalon was transported to an area hospital via helicopter, as he was in serious condition, but he is now expected to survive. The truck driver had only minor injuries. The West Jordan Police reported that some of the propane from the truck had leaked onto the road. The fuel company had to empty the entire tank before they could tow the large truck. The road was closed to do so, but was quickly and efficiently reopened. You never know when an accident like this one will occur. An accident like this can flip your whole world upside-down, whether it is you or a loved one who is involved. The legal ramifications can be overwhelming, and insurance companies can be extremely difficult to deal with. If you don’t have experience, unfortunately you can easily be taken advantage of through this system. If you or a loved one have been in this position, call Christensen & Hymas, the Utah Accident Attorneys. They will fight with integrity to preserve your rights and find justice for your family. Call now for a FREE consultation: 801-506-0800.   Image courtesy of ksl...
Barn Fire Kills Beloved Animals

Barn Fire Kills Beloved Animals

A story brought to you by abc4 news brings news of a fire in Utah County that killed  4 horses and 13 goats. The family was outside with their animals with a small fire in a 50 gallon drum to keep them warm. Fire officials believe that when they left, the wind picked up, and an ember was carried to the barn. One of the animal owners, Jorge Rubio said, “The fire that was here was contained. It wasn’t even a lot.” But it was enough to trap the animals, and when the fire started, no one was around to save them. Rubio said, “It’s everything for us. This is basically our life, our horses.” He further explained how the farm was owned as a family; they owned the horses all for the kids. a devastating loss for the kids as well as the farm owners as well. “We love our horses and it’s just so hard to see them down there dead.” Along with the animals being killed, the barn was partially destroyed, and most of the animal feed gone completely. The family will have to rebuild a great deal. Abc news has a phone number to call if you are interested in helping the family: 801-372-1621. An event like this is devastating. If you or a loved one have been through a fire, you may be able to get some sort of compensation through the help of a lawyer. Call experts at Christensen & Hymas for a free consultation about your case, to see if we can help you find some justice.   Image courtesy of James...
3-Year-Old Dead in Swing Accident

3-Year-Old Dead in Swing Accident

In Farr West, Weber County on Saturday night, a 3-year-old little girl died. After getting her neck tangled in the rope of a swing, she died in Primary Children’s Medical Center from the injuries. It was reported that her father had let her play outside for only five minutes Thursday night. Then he found her tangled in the ropes. CPR was performed, and the rescue crew team found a pulse. A Life Flight helicopter landed in the middle of the street, in order to rush to get the toddler to the hospital. A neighbor commented on how fast the whole thing happened. Watching the medical crew carry out a little body was a shock, because seemingly moments before, they were playing harmlessly. Playgrounds are designed for children, but they can still be extremely dangerous. Without proper supervision, a child could seriously injure his or herself. Jann Fawcett, a coordinator for Safe Kids Utah said, “Unintentional accidental injuries are one of the leading causes of death for children 14 years and under.” She says the best thing we can do to protect our children from accidental harm is to closely supervise them: even on playgrounds; especially on playgrounds. Our deepest condolences go out to this family for their great loss. No words can express a tragedy like this when a loved one is taken too soon–in this case, far too soon. Image courtesy of flickr.com (image is not of swing in news...