Driver Hits and Drags Phone Pole

A man suspected to be driving under the influence of alcohol allegedly hit and dragged a phone pole, and as a result made a mess as he fled from the police on 4500 South. The car used by the suspect was reported stolen. The accident was reported to have occurred late Sunday night on 4500 South near 1500 East. Police authorities stated that the driver then turned around and drove the other direction on 4500 South, dragging the mess from the telephone pole along with him. Police disclosed that the car stalled several blocks away and for no apparent reason the man used a rock he took from inside the car to break the car’s passenger side window. The suspect then crawled out from the car through the window he had smashed open. The report added that an officer spotted the suspect and chased him for nearly two blocks before using a Taser on him. Officers upon investigation found out that the driver’s side door was not damaged and could have been used. They do not know the reasons why the suspect had to break the passenger side window in order to get out from the car. The suspect identified as Richard Messina, could now face charges of resisting arrest, DUI, driving a stolen vehicle and hit-and-run. 4500 South was closed for several hours to allow crews to clean up the mess. Christensen & Hymas is glad that no one was injured in this accident. Sometimes the unexplained behavior of a person behind the wheel can have disastrous consequences. If you have been injured by the reckless driving of another, call...

Woman Responsible for the Toddler Hit and Run Case Finally Arrested

The article reported that a woman allegedly involved in a hit-and –run accident that killed 2-year-old Gavyn Barnett June 20, 2013, was finally arrested by police authorities. Gavyn was hit while inside his stroller that was being pushed by his mother Angela Barnett and 9-year-old sister Serrena while they were crossing a crosswalk earlier this year. The suspect identified as Kimberly Munoz was reported by her ex-boyfriend to the West Valley City Police as the person responsible for the accident. He contacted West Valley City Police claiming he had information regarding the driver responsible for the said hit-and-run. The report added that Munoz admitted to being the driver of the car that struck the stroller the night of the auto-pedestrian accident. The information she told police were found to match the details obtained in the investigation conducted by authorities after the accident. Munoz was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on a hit-and-run, a third-degree felony, and improper lookout–a class C misdemeanor–according to the press release. Christensen & Hymas is glad that the driver of the hit-and–run accident that killed young Gavyn was finally identified. Hit-and-run is a callous act that hurts surviving family because the person responsible is sometimes never brought to justice. It is best to admit the mistake and face the consequences rather than flee the scene of the accident. We express our gratitude to the man who came forward about his ex-girlfriend and informed police that eventually brought resolution to the case. Without the information he had provided, the case may have never been solved. Christensen & Hymas helps victims of hit-and-run accidents. Competent...

TRAX train and Pickup Truck Collision Leaves 2 Injured

A collision between a TRAX train and a pickup truck resulted to the serious injuries of a teenage boy and a woman. According to the report, the teenage boy was driving the pickup truck which was headed north on 2700 West and attempted to make a U-turn at 3360 South when the accident happened. Cropper disclosed that although the traffic signal was green at the intersection for thru-traffic, the turn-light was red. The driver of the pickup allegedly failed to notice the incoming train when he made the turn. The report added that the passengers of the train sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene. The accident interrupted TRAX service on the northbound route, but was expected to be restored later Saturday evening. The accident is still being investigated as disclosed by Cropper. Christensen & Hymas hopes for the full recovery for those who are injured in this accident. We encourage everyone to be extra careful on the road. Safe driving requires the full attention of everyone involved.  Always anticipate changing road conditions and make sure that you are aware of other road users. If you are involved in an accident and it was the other driver’s fault, you can claim compensation for your injuries in order to get relief from the financial demands of hospitalization, medications, or treatment and therapies as well as loss of income. You may call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. Our personal injury lawyers are ready to provide you more information and assistance regarding personal injury claims. Call us now to benefit from the service of dedicated...

Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Ogden

A 32 year woman identified as Tiffany Snitchler-Phipps was killed and a 25 year old man was injured Thursday night when they were struck by a Jeep Wrangler at a crosswalk in Ogden. The accident happened around 6:46 at the intersection of Wall Ave. and Binford Street. According to the report, the Wrangler was traveling northbound in the inside lane when it struck the two pedestrians. According to police authorities, the woman sustained serious head trauma and was transported to a local hospital, where she died shortly before midnight. The gentleman who was injured sustained foot and ankle injuries and was also transported to the hospital. The recent high winds in Utah had rendered the traffic signals at the intersections of 23rd St. and Wall Ave. and 25th St. and Wall Avenue out of service. Alcohol, drugs and speeding were not considered as factors for this accident according to Police. It was disclosed that the crosswalk has been the site of previous auto-pedestrian fatalities. Ogden police said the Utah Department of Transportation has recently been involved with creating a marked crosswalk and signs indicating a pedestrian crossing. Police said the victims did not use the bright red flags at the crossing which were placed by the workers from St. Anne’s Center, a homeless shelter at the intersection. The mother of Snitchler-Phipps hopes her daughter’s death will not be in vain and that it is going to spark changes to make crosswalk safer for pedestrians. Snitchler-Phipps is survived by two children, a 10-year-old son, and a 14-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy. Christensen & Hymas supports advocacy for safer roads for...

Suspect for Hyrum Crash Arrested

An 18-year-old Logan man was arrested by authorities in relation to his involvement in the Hyrum crash that occurred November 6. The suspect was identified as Emiliano Guereca. Cache County deputies claimed Guereca caused a fatal crash when he tried to pass another vehicle on a narrow road. The report stated that he is being held in the Cache County jail on suspicion of automobile homicide, reckless driving, improper passing, driving under the influence, and possession of marijuana. The report added that a 72-year-old Hyrum resident, Duane Labrum, died in the three-car crash that happened between Hyrum and Nibley. Investigators say Guereca attempted to pass a fellow northbound vehicle, but ended up clipping it and then hitting Labrum’s vehicle head-on. Labrum was pronounced dead, while two other people were taken to the hospital with injuries. This news report is a clear example of a motorist’s accountability for an accident. Investigation may take time, but hopefully the person responsible for the accident will have to confront their mistakes. Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of their responsibility as drivers until something tragic happens. Christensen & Hymas advocates safety and never ceases to remind motorists to obey all traffic rules and to share the road. Avoid using excessive speed, impaired and distracted driving. If you have sustained injuries from a car accident because of someone’s reckless behavior, call us at (801)506-0800 for a free consultation. We believe that you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Call us now and see for yourself the expertise of our personal injury lawyers. Original article by the Daily Herald Image courtesy of Jo Naylor....