DUI Incident Claims another Life

DUI Incident Claims another Life

A KSL report identified the victim as Worth R. Rummage, about 62 years of age from North Carolina who was in Utah to visit family members for the holidays. He died last Sunday as a result of his vehicle being hit by a suspected DUI driver. Springville Police Lt. Dave Caron stated that the crash occurred about 2:30 p.m. at 1400 N. Main Street in Springville. The man responsible for the accident was driving a Jeep Liberty that allegedly ran a red light. According to the report, Rummage was heading west through the intersection in a Honda Accord when he was struck broadside. He was trapped inside his vehicle and fire crews had to extricate him from the wreckage. The report added that he was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, where he died as a result of the injuries sustained from the accident. The report also disclosed that the driver of the Jeep, identified as Bryan Long, 48, of Springville, was not seriously injured. As a result of the initial investigation, Long was transported to Utah County Jail for more questioning. He faces possible charges for automobile homicide, namely driving under the influence of prescription medication and failure to yield the right of way. Christensen & Hymas offers its condolences to the bereaved family, friends and relatives of Worth R. Rummage. We hope for strength and support as they face this devastating situation. We also would like to remind all motorists to exercise good judgment these holiday months. The roads are hazardous because of the snow and may be challenging for most of us to navigate. It...

3 Vehicle Crash on State Route 40

State Route 40 near mile marker 126 was the scene of an accident involving three vehicles last Saturday night. According to Sgt. Mary Kaye Lucas of the Utah Department of Public Safety, a semi-trailer traveling west, veered across the center line and struck a Dodge Durango at about 8 p.m. As a result, the Durango then hit a pickup truck that was traveling west. It was also reported that the pickup truck rolled on its side. The semi-trailer also rolled on its side, and it destroyed a guard rail in the area. The driver of the semi-trailer had to be extracted from his vehicle by emergency responders.  It was reported that he suffered only minor injuries. The occupants of the Durango accounted for six people who sustained minor injuries from the accident.  The two occupants of the pick-up were treated at the scene and released. The accident is still under investigation. Sgt. Lucas disclosed that the driver of the semi-trailer could not remember the reason why he veered. Christensen & Hymas is thankful that the accident did not have any fatalities. Knowing how the weather conditions impact road hazards, we remind all motorists to avoid all forms of distraction while driving. Please do not drive impaired (e.g. driving with a frosted windshield), because the likelihood of accidents occurring increase dramatically. Pay attention to the road and obey all traffic rules. Check your vehicle for any mechanical defects before attempting to travel. If you have sustained injuries in an accident caused by a reckless driver, call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 for a free consultation. We will help you file your...

Ethan Couch gets 10 years’ Probation for Drunk Driving

The verdict given to a Texas teenager, Ethan Couch was a source of disappointment to the families of accident victims. For them, Ethan Couch was a killer on the road, a drunken teenage driver who caused a crash that left four people dead. The judge had given Couch ten years’ probation sentence and no jail time explaining that he is in need of treatment. The defendant psychologist called him the product of “affluenza” literally translated as a product of wealthy, privileged parents who never set limits for the boy. The two victims were identified as Hollie Boyles and daughter, Shelby. The report added that they left their home to help Breanna Mitchell, whose SUV had broken down. Brian Jennings, a youth pastor, was driving past and also stopped to help. It was disclosed that all four individuals were killed when the teen’s pickup plowed into the pedestrians on a road in Burleson, south of Fort Worth. Couch’s vehicle also struck a parked car, which then slid into another vehicle headed in the opposite direction. Two people riding in the bed of the teen’s pickup were tossed in the crash and severely injured. One is no longer able to move or talk because of a brain injury, while the other suffered internal injuries and broken bones. The accident primarily occurred after Couch and some friends stole beer from a local Walmart last June 15. It was reported by the district attorney’s office that three hours after the crash, tests showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.24, three times the legal limit. The families of the victims believe that...

Nina Gailey Dies from Injuries from Pedestrian Accident

News report stated a 20 year old pedestrian, Nina Gailey died from injuries she sustained Wednesday morning after being struck by a automobile. Unified Police Department stated that the young woman was crossing 3900 South at about 1115 West on December 6 when she was hit by an eastbound car.  She was last seen pushing a stroller containing personal item into traffic and accompanied by a dog prior to the accident. There was no crosswalk in the area and Gailey was seen by witnesses to be darting into the road to cross the street. The dog was killed in the accident while the woman was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in extremely critical condition. The speed limit on that street is 40 mph and police stated they did not consider speed as a factor in the accident. The woman driving the car was not injured. Gailey was reported to be in a coma since the accident until she finally passed. Gailey’s family flew in from Georgia as soon as they heard about the accident to be with her. The report indicated that there were no charges against the woman driver that hit Gailey. The report also added that a memorial will be held in her honor at the LDS chapel on 1457 West Atherton Drive. This accident clearly illustrates the danger of crossing the street. Even crosswalks are not that safe it is featured as the location of the most number of pedestrian accidents. Christensen & Hymas encourages everyone to be extra cautious when approaching intersections and crosswalks. Slow down and be on the lookout for pedestrian and bicyclist....

Christopher Martinez Dies in Snowmobiling Accident

With the coming of winter months, events and recreational activities such as skiing, snowmobiling become insanely popular again. Additionally, this time of year is a wonderful season to spend time with family and friends. However, the winter months do have some downsides like being stranded in the roads due to snow storm, being caught in an avalanche, or other Winter accidents. It seems this was the tragic story this weekend, as a snowmobiling accident claimed the life of a young man. Christopher Martinez, 22 was an Airman 1st Class stationed at Hill Air Force Base who was killed in a snowmobiling accident in the Monte Cristo Range. He was in the range with two other airmen and a civilians last Sunday when the accident occured. Weber County Sheriff’s Office Deputies said that Martinez was heading down a steep embankment about 100 yards off the road when the snowmobile crashed. When others in the party reached the road and Martinez did not appear, they climbed the embankment to find him pinned and unresponsive. His friends were unable to find vital signs. According to the report, Martinez was serving as a Ground Radar Journeyman in the 729th Air Control Squadron. He had been in the Air Force since March 1, 2011 and spent most of that time at Hill Air Force Base. He was deployed earlier this year for a six-month tour to Southwest Asia. Lt. Col. Darin Humiston, Martinez’s squadron commander, stated that it was a tragic loss to the Air Force family. He considers Martinez as a valuable member of Team Hill who will be missed by all. The...