8 Separate Car Accidents in Box Elder County Hurts Many People

According to a recent report, a quick moving snow storm produced icy roads in less than an hour and was likely the reason behind eight pileups occurring on a mile stretch of I-15 in Box Elder County. The report added that the crashes that happened Saturday morning involved 29 cars and 3 semi trucks. Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry stated that as many as eight people sustained injuries in the crashes. The extent of their injuries however was not as serious as the injury sustained by one woman motorist. Perry added that the woman riding in a compact car suffered critical injuries in the multiple car crashes and was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden. The report disclosed that the string of collisions forced the closure of northbound I-15 from Perry to the 1100 South exit in Brigham City. Police diverted traffic to U.S. 89 until the thoroughfare was passable. Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry stated that motorists were traveling too fast for conditions on the icy roadway. The first accident was reported to have occurred at around 9 a.m. as a couple of cars attempted to exit the interstate and crashed. The report added that as other vehicles attempted to avoid the first collision, they also spun out of control. This resulted in a series of collisions and pileups involving six cars in one accident and five cars in another accident. One semi was reported to have jack-knifed. Christensen & Hymas reminds all motorists to take extra precaution on icy roads. Avoid distracted driving as you need to focus your attention to these hazardous road conditions...

Tanker Truck Collision causes man’s death in Myton

A fatal crash took place on Thursday morning in Myton, Utah involving a tanker truck and a pickup truck. At 6:55 a.m., the driver of the tanker truck, Darrel Wiser, reportedly lost traction as he descended the hill on a two-lane road approaching the US-40 on Parriete Road. According to Utah Highway Patrol trooper Brett Hansen, “One of the trailers being pulled by the truck jack-knifed and crossed into the oncoming lane and hit a pickup truck driven by Dean Townsend, 49, of Roosevelt.” According to recent reports, Townsend was pinned due to the impact of the truck bed and his own vehicle. Townswend passed away later from several traumatic injuries. The tanker truck’s trailer then proceeded to roll down a hill and was ruptured, spilling its load of crude oil. The driver of the truck, Darrel Wiser of Nibley, suffered only a minor scrape on his neck and was issued a citation for failing to operate within a single lane. Troopers and Duchesne County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the crash. Investigators believe icy roads contributed to the accident. Weather-related accidents occur tens of thousands of times a year in America. With such detrimental effects from the collisions, extra caution and care should be taken to avoid such incidents at all costs.  Sometimes accidents are unavoidable, but you can never be too careful and finding a way to drive safer is usually as simple as slowing down. Everyone at Christensen and Hymas offers our sympathies to the Townsend family during this difficult time. We know that the loss is tragic and we wish the best to all involved in this incident...

Defendant Awaits Sentencing After Death of 2-year-old

The defendant in a case related to the death of a West Valley two-year-old pled guilty to reduced charges on Monday the 27th. Kimberly Munoz, 21, is looking at up to five years in prison when she faces sentencing in March. The Prosecution, as part of a plea bargain, has recommended three years probation with no additional jail time, but the judge has yet to hand down a sentence.  Angela Barnett, of West Valley City, was crossing the intersection at 5600 West and 4005 South on June tenth of last year with her nine year old daughter and two year old son when the stroller carrying her son was struck, killing two year-old Gavyn. Munoz was first charged with the third-degree felony of leaving the scene of an accident involving death and three misdemeanors alleging she drove without insurance, with illegally tinted windows, and without her prescribed glasses. She pled guilty to one charge of leaving the incident of an accident involving property damage, a third-degree felony. The driver’s visibility was obscured in several ways. In addition to it being 9:15 pm, Munoz’s windshields were illegally tinted and she allegedly had forgotten her glasses. According to the police, the street was poorly lit and the intersection had no crosswalk. “My client’s mistake and only mistake was leaving the scene behind and not going back,” Munoz’s attorney, Bel-Ami de Montreux said. “She was very young, she panicked, and she went away. We want to emphasize our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the child that passed away, and we are in no way blaming the mother. It was poor judgment — almost no...

Drunk Driving Incident Ends in Tragedy

At 8:32 pm Saturday night in Taylorsville, a man driving a pickup truck slammed into the back of the Thurber’s car as Matt, Holden, and Zane Thurber waited at the red light in the intersection of 5400 south and 1300 west.  The crash ended in the tragic death of three-year-old Zane Thurber, and injured his six-year-old brother Matt and his father, Holden. Moments before the crash, police received several calls and complaints of a reckless driver, but before they could locate the driver, the crash had already occurred.  By the time they arrived at the scene, Police found that five cars had been involved in the crash and that the reckless driver who caused it was Manuel de Jesus Guinea, 45, from Kearns.  “After the crash, he got out of the car and tried to blend in with the crowd that was around helping,” Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Unified Police Department said. “A citizen grabbed onto him and held him until officers arrived and took him into custody.” According to the police reports for probable cause, witnesses claimed Guinea “definitely smelled like a bar” and was too impaired to give his name and social security number when prompted by the Police. He was only identified by a Utah Driver’s Privilege card found on Guinea’s person. Unified police have reportedly arrested Manuel de Jesus Guinea, 45, from Kearns, and booked him into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. While police take care of the investigation, it is important that we keep Zane Thurber, as seen in the picture on the right,...

Intentional Auto-Pedestrian Accident Leaves Pedestrian in Critical Condition

An auto-pedestrian accident last Saturday afternoon allegedly resulted from a family dispute. The report stated that police are now looking for the suspect who is thought to have intentionally driven his truck onto a sidewalk and struck a pedestrian. It was disclosed that the victim and the truck driver knew each other. The report went on to state that an altercation between the suspect and the victim occurred prior to the incident at about 4 p.m. in the area near 200 south and 500 west. According to Lt. Josh Scharman of the Salt Lake City Police Department, the two people involved in the accident may be related, and there is another party that may be involved in the incident. However, it was still unclear to authorities in what way the people involved in this incident are related. Scharman also added that there was another pedestrian present when the accident happened. The report added that the pedestrian who was hit was taken to a hospital in serious condition while the other pedestrian was not injured. Police disclosed all of this as of about 9 p.m. and added that the victim was in serious but stable condition. Police also reported that the victim spoke with the suspect over the phone, but that the victim had not yet met the suspect in person. It is still unclear to the authorities why the suspect hit the victim. Lt. Josh Scharman of the Salt Lake City Police Department stated that police had recovered the truck that was used to strike the victim but the suspect is not in custody. Christensen & Hymas hopes this...