Peter Bunker Booked for Fleeing Police and DUI

A 29 year old man led Utah Highway Patrol Troopers on a high speed chase on Interstate 80 early Sunday morning. The report stated  around 1 a.m. Sunday, troopers received a call from other motorists of a GMC pickup truck driving east in westbound lanes at mile post 138 in Summit County. According to Utah Highway Patrol, the troopers decided to immediately respond by shutting down westbound lanes and setting up spikes to stop the truck. The driver, identified as Peter Bunker, allegedly crossed back over to eastbound lanes after seeing the road closure.  Police continued to pursue Barker, upon which he veered into a troopers vehicle when he saw the spikes. Officials added that the pursuing trooper performed a precision immobilization technique on the truck which ended the automobile chase. The trooper whose car was hit was not injured, although his car was seriously damaged. After ramming the police car, Bunker continued to elude the authorities by fleeing on foot, wherein he was found 10 minutes later hiding in a canal filled with water.  The temperature was 25 degrees outside forcing authorities to transport Bunker to Park City Medical Center for treatment and hypothermia he received due to the cold. Upon leaving the hospital he was booked into Summit County Jail on charges of fleeing and driving under the influence. Christensen & Hymas is glad that nobody was seriously injured by this incident. We encourage everyone to obey traffic rules and respond positively to authorities. If you have been hurt or injured in a car accident because of someone’s reckless behavior and negligence, call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800....

Firey Truck and DUI Crashes Close Freeways

Two Utah freeways were closed by two separate accidents last Saturday causing major delays across the state. The first accident involved a semi-trailer on fire on I-80 in Tooele County causing an hour long road closure. The fire started around 1:15 p.m. Saturday, near milepost 69.  Reports indicate the the truck was heading east toward Salt Lake City when the truck caught fire. Utah Highway Patrol disclosed that the driver of the semitrailer was able to get out from the truck upon realizing the fire and immediately called for help. Emergency crews arrived to put out the fire and remove the debris the fire had caused, forcing traffic to be rerouted around the affected area. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.  Authorities report the fire was so hot it severely damaged sections of the freeway reducing I-80 Eastbound to one lane until constructions crews have a chance to repair the damage. The second accident happened earlier Saturday and involved a single car crash in Utah County caused allegedly by driving impairment. According to the report a man was driving south on I-15 around 7:30 a.m., when his SUV crashed into the freeway barriers near mile marker 266 at around 7:30 a.m. Authorities have reasons to believe the man was driving under the influence. Reports indicate the driver had to be extricated from his vehicle after which he was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center with multiple injuries. Follow up investigation resulted in the man’s arrest for DUI. These two incidents serve as reminders for motorists to always prioritize safety and to avoid impaired driving. Christensen...

Man Injured in Three Vehicle Crash

MAGNA–A man was seriously injured in a three vehicle crash that involved a fire truck, a pickup and a car. According to the report, the fire truck, with it’s lights and siren blaring, was traveling northbound to respond to a large pallet fire. The fire truck was approaching Highway 201 on 8000 West when it merged into the southbound lane to get around stopped northbound traffic when a northbound Ford F-150 pickup truck began making a U-turn in front of the fire truck. Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal disclosed that the fire truck hit the side of the pickup which caused the pickup to collide with a southbound tan Saturn that had pulled over for the emergency vehicle. The driver of the pickup was identified as a male in his mid-30s that was taken by an ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center in serious condition. Lt. Justin Hoyal added that the occupants of the Saturn and the fire truck were uninjured. Unified Fire Battalion Chief Clint Mecham stated that the fire truck crew were all wearing their seat belts as a safety precaution. He said that with the way the crew was positioned in the apparatus, plus the large window, they could easily be catapulted through the windshield without the restraint. Mecham reminded all drivers to keep a safe distance and yield to emergency vehicles. Fire trucks need to respond timely to the emergency and you will be keeping them from performing their job if you do not yield. The report added that Unified Police were on the scene to conduct an investigation of the crash and 800 West was closed...

Teacher Shot by Bullied Boy

A young boy took drastic actions at school in Sparks, Nevada by using -what investigators believe to be- his parents gun to kill a teacher and wound two others.   The young shooter subsequently took his own life, closing the avenue to know what prompted him to do these things.  Investigators did disclose the boy had been bullied. The report identified the fatality as Mike Landsberry, a well-liked mathematics teacher. Mr. Landsberry had served in the military as a marine, after which he retired from active service to became a math teacher. He appeared to be trying to talk to the young shooter in the hope of persuading him to put his down his gun, instead the young shooter fired at the teacher killing him. Sparks Mayor Geno Martini talked about the irony of the events surround the incident. Mr. Landsberry survived Afghanistan and had served the country and surviving war, only to tragically lose his life in a school shooting. Police authorities are still trying out to determine the cause of the accident. The two other injured children were taken to a hospital and were reported to be in stable condition. Similar incidents like this one have prompted many to challenge the safety measures in school. Recently, a proposed school security plan  was suggested across the country to arm teachers, add armed security guards, and provide bulletproof backpacks and whiteboards. While there is no definite say on this plan, some teachers were reported to have undergone training in self-defense to prepare for a shooter entering their school. Christensen & Hymas reminds all parents who own guns to be responsible...

Bicyclist in Serious Condition after Being Hit by Car

A bicyclist was rushed to the hospital after he was hit by a car Tuesday. The man was reported to be riding his bike when he decided to cross a street near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon when he was hit by a car who did not see him. Reports cited the  56 year old man was struck around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.  He originally was taken to the hospital in critical condition with head and other injuries.  On Wednesday morning, the bicyclist’s condition was cited to have improved and his evaluation was decreased from critical to serious condition. Sgt. Mark Askerlun stated the cyclist was crossing Wasatch Boulevard (3500 East) to enter the Cottonwood Canyon when the driver of a northbound Toyota Sedan hit the bicyclist.  The driver of the Sedan was not hurt in the accident.  The driver called the police immediately and the cyclist was taken to  Intermountain Medical Center. Sgt. Askerlun of the Cottonwood Heights Police Station, stated that although the cyclists conditions were serious, he is talking and recovering well with his friends and family. Police have withheld the identity of the bicyclist while the investigation is pending to determine whether the driver of the Toyata Sedan will be charged. Christensen & Hymas is thankful  the bicyclist condition had improved quickly. Being on a bicycle involved in a collision with a bigger vehicle often causes intense injury to the bicyclist, especially when they are hit with speed. If you have been injured due to the reckless behavior of other people, call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 or a free initial consultation. We will help you...