Rollover Crash Leaves Two Persons in Critical Condition

Rollover Crash Leaves Two Persons in Critical Condition

According to a report given by the Deseret News, an SUV hauling a camper was traveling west on U.S. 40 near Park City. Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson disclosed that the camper started to sway and the vehicle left the road and rolled just after 1: 20 p.m. According to authorities, the “older couple” seated in the driver and passenger seats were not ejected in the crash, but did sustain critical injuries. Allegedly, two people who were riding in the back seat sustained minor injuries. They were identified as a male adult and his 12-year-old son. Two medical helicopters responded to the scene and transported the injured passengers to the hospital. The report also stated that the eastbound traffic on U.S. 40 had to be closed for approximately 45 minutes to allow the medical transport to land and airlift the crash victims. The westbound lane was reopened at around 3 p.m. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provided the following conclusions  in a 2002 technical report: Rollover crashes constitute to about one-fifth of all fatal crashes. The number of fatal light truck rollover crashes is increasing, particularly among SUVs and vans. The number of fatal SUV rollovers has more than doubled since 1991, growing faster than any other class of light trucks. The increases in fatal light truck fatalities, driven by SUV crashes, have been offsetting the decreases in both fatal passenger car crashes and rollover crashes. Slightly less than 1/2 of single vehicle rollovers were reported by the investigating police officer to be preceded by an attempt to avoid a crash by a steering maneuver, compared to 1/3...
Devenish and Kids Hurt in an Alleged DUI Related Crash

Devenish and Kids Hurt in an Alleged DUI Related Crash

A press release from the Utah Country Sheriff’s Office reported a wreck that occurred at Sandy Beach near the south end of Utah Lake Sunday around 5 p.m. The wreck involved an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) that was allegedly driven by 28-year-old Nathan Devenish. According to the report, the ATV crashed into a parked vehicle in the area. The driver from Springville was holding a four-year-old boy seated in front of him. Another child, a 10-year-old girl, was on the back of the Banshee ATV. The little boy suffered minor abrasions. The little girl was reported to have suffered head and back injuries. According to the press release, Devenish is suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Devenish was transported by ambulance to a local hospital while the two children were taken by ambulance to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, the report disclosed. There was no information given as to whether the children were wearing helmets prior to the accident. DUI is a serious problem. According to the Tenth Annual DUI Report to the Utah Legislature in the Fiscal Year 2012, there were 9,599 DUI cases in Utah’s Justice Courts. Among the cases resolved, 59 percent resulted in a guilty plea or verdict. FIX ME RIGHT NOW PLEASEChristensen & Hymas wishes the father and children speedy recovery from their injuries. We encourage everyone to be safe while driving. Take the necessary precautions such as the wearing of helmets for protection, especially among young children. Do not drive under the influence for it is prohibited by law for good reason, because...
Two Women Killed in Head-on-Collision

Two Women Killed in Head-on-Collision

A crash near Coalville, Sumit County Saturday afternoon claimed the lives of two women. According to the report, a lady was driving a white Mazda four-door sedan eastbound on I-80 northeast of Coalville. She crossed into the opposite lane of traffic for an unknown reason, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. Authorities said that the Mazda struck a westbound Mercury SUV driven by a 65 year-old-woman. The collision killed both women drivers. Utah Highway Patrol disclosed that both drivers were alone in their vehicles during the crash. The crash closed westbound lanes of the interstate in the area Saturday afternoon, diverting traffic for several hours afterward. The article also revealed that UHP officials attributed the hindered initial reporting of the crash to a poor cell phone signal. Utah Department of Public Safety issued a fact sheet that says in 2011: 52,287 motor vehicle crashes in Utah resulted in 22,325 injured persons and 243 deaths. The Utah death rate per mile traveled was lower than the U.S. rate. A motor vehicle crash occurred in Utah every 10 minutes, a person was injured in a crash every 23 minutes, and a person died in a crash every 36 hours. FIX ME RIGHT NOW PLEASEChristensen & Hymas is saddened by the loss of lives to traffic accidents. We sympathize with the families of these women and we encourage everyone to stay safe on the road by following all traffic rules. Buckle up and travel within speed limits. Technology might have evolved to provide us with safety gadgets but everything rests on the driver’s choice and split second decisions. Original article by Celeste...
Father Killed in Crash while Son is hospitalized

Father Killed in Crash while Son is hospitalized

A father and son from Utah County were reported to be involved in a fatal car crash that resulted in the death of the 59- year-old father and in the son being hospitalized for injuries. Authorities did not release the names pending notification of the family. According to the news article, the 16-year-old son was driving the car that went off a switchback Thursday. Juab County Sheriff’s Lt. Brent Pulver said the teen was driving along the Nebo Loop Road when the vehicle went off the road near the Red Creek Flats area just after 2 p.m. Investigators are working to determine why the car went off the road. The report disclosed that the car rolled down an embankment and landed on the switchback below. Lt. Brent Pulver of the Juab County Sherriff’s office said the father was pronounced dead at the scene and the son was transported in serious condition by ambulance to Central Valley Hospital in Nephi. Pulver was quoted as saying that the teen was conscious and talking when he was taken from the scene. The Nebo Loop Road is described as  narrow and winding with sections of hairpin curves affords incredible views of the Wasatch Range and its tallest mountain, 11,929-foot Mt. Nebo. A switchback refers to “road or trail joined by hairpin turn.” FIX ME RIGHT NOW PLEASEChristensen & Hymas shares the grief of the family. Lost lives due to car accidents are becoming too common on Utah roads. We encourage everyone to take extra precaution when traveling. Please be safe and share the road by obeying all traffic rules. Do check your cars...
Brigham City Woman Killed in Car Accident

Brigham City Woman Killed in Car Accident

A car accident on I-15 in Box Elder County claimed the life of a 57-year-old woman from Brigham City and injured a man from Garland, Utah. Utah Highway Patrol reported that the accident happened at 8:47 p.m. According to the report, the woman was driving a Buick that entered I-15 near mile marker 376, and entered an emergency turn-through near mile post 377.5. Authorities said that it appears she attempted to turn left from the outside lane across northbound I-15 toward the median turn-through. When her vehicle was across the inside lane, it was hit by a truck. Authorities identified the driver of the truck as 52-year-old Rondell S. Nielson. The female driver had to be extricated by responders, and both drivers were taken to Bear River Valley Hospital in Tremonton. Nielson sustained injuries in his arm while other woman was pronounced dead at the hospital. Utah Department of Public Safety stated in a fact sheet that in 2011: Senior drivers had the lowest crash rate per licensed driver. Senior drivers were in 6,060 motor vehicle crashes which resulted in 2,926 injured persons and 42 deaths. Seniors represented 6% of people in a crash and 15% of the deaths. Although senior drivers have the lowest crash rates of any drivers, senior drivers are a concern due to declining health and fragility. Senior drivers were less likely to have a contributing factor than other drivers in a crash. Compared to drivers of all ages, senior drivers were more likely to have a contributing factor of improper turn and disregard traffic signal/sign. Utah Department of Public Safety identified the leading contributing...