More on Lindsay and Presley Dyches

In a follow-up on last week’s article from the Salt Lake Tribune, KSL gives us more details about Lindsay Dyches and her 7-year-old daughter, Presley, accident where they were hit head-on by a drunk driver. Presley was in intensive care until, but is now said to be recovering. The child had intensely critical injuries including broken ribs and internal bleeding. Lindsay was also injured, with a broken left arm and ankle, which will not allow her to work for 3-6 months. Her husband will have to take over the responsibility of running the family business as well as taking care of their three children without her physical help. The two were on their way to Presley’s school, where she was excited about a playmate planned for the following day. But they didn’t make it to school. They ended up in the hospital. Presley’s classmates and friends gathered together to make a “get well soon” card while she was in the hospital. The drunk driver, 33-year-old Aaron Moorman crossed into the wrong lane on SR 198 in the morning. Jen Southwick, a friend of Lindsay’s said, “It breaks my heart. I think especially that early in the morning, you think, ‘Oh, I’m just going to take my kids to school real quick.’ It’s not on your mind that you have to watch out for drunk drivers…It just makes you think twice … you never know what’s going to happen.” Southwick speaks highly of Linsday and her family. We wish them both a speedy and full recovery, and...

UHP on Over-speeders’ Tail

Lt. Rich Christianson, section commander for Utah County, stated that the I-15 corridor through Utah County has become an area of concern as over speeding has increased through the whole corridor. It was reported that Utah Highway Patrol conducted a three hour speed blitz along Interstate 15 Wednesday, Feb. 26. Christianson stated that every time UHP does a blitz, they make sure the VMS signs on the overpasses are turned on in advance, warning drivers to slow down. He added that even the electronic sign that says “speed limit strictly enforced” in place did not convince drivers to slow down. The report disclosed that UHP officers stopped 62 vehicles going northbound with the highest speed coming in at 96 mph. According to authorities, this area has a speed limit of 65 mph.  Christianson said that they typically give some hedge room and wait until the driver is 15 mph over the speed limit, and yet they still pulled over numerous vehicles. Christianson stated that the area between Spanish Fork and Lehi is still seeing an increased number of crashes due to high speeds. He added that the new corridor is worse even when compared to troubled areas such as Provo Canyon. Three factors that contribute to more crashes are excessive speeds, following too close, and aggressive driving. Christianson disclosed that while cars are manufactured better and are safer in crashes, people still need to drive prudently. He said that aside from slowing down, people should not forget to buckle up as 60 percent of fatalities who were not wearing seatbelts would still be alive if they had buckled up....

Paramedics Save Choking Baby’s Life

A reported choking incident involving a 6 month old baby underscores the importance of a cool head under extreme pressure for responding paramedics. It also reminds parents of the need to keep the house free of choking hazards. According to medical experts, any object that will fit in the opening of an empty toilet paper roll is considered a choking hazard. The Deseret News states that the incident happened Saturday in the Rose Park neighborhood. The mother, who later told firemen her 6-month-old son had recently gotten into the habit of grabbing objects and putting them in his mouth, said that she turned her back on the boy for just a minute and he had already put something in his mouth. She soon realized that something was wrong and called 911. The report adds that paramedics from Salt Lake City Fire Station No. 7 were the first to respond . It was disclosed that the boy had swallowed a small figurine, about half the size of an adult finger, and it became lodged in his throat. Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay stated that when paramedics arrived, blood was coming from the boy’s mouth, and his airway was almost completely obstructed. They tried turning the boy upside down and slapping him on his back, but this did not dislodge the object. The child was barely breathing when paramedics were able to quickly but gently remove the toy using forceps as the ambulance sped towards the hospital. Christensen & Hymas are safety advocates in all respects and encourage the parents of young children to exercise caution around the house. If your...
Football Player Critically Injured in Scooter Crash

Football Player Critically Injured in Scooter Crash

A University of Utah football player was reported to be critically injured in a motorized bike accident that happened Sunday night. According to University officials, the player, a redshirt defensive lineman for the Utes, was identified as Moana Ofahengaue. The article added that the player sustained a serious head injury after crashing a scooter near Hempstead Rd. and Mario Capecchi Drive. The report did not yet indicate whether or not Ofahengaue was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash or if there were any contributing factors like drugs, alcohol, or drowsy driving. According to Kathy Wilets—who is over University Hospital Public Affairs—family members of Ofahengaue are optimistic about his recovery and are thankful for the support they have received. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham stated that they are praying for Moana’s recovery and for his family’s strength at this very difficult time. Coach Whittingham affirms that Maona is a beloved member of the team and that they will support his recovery in any way they can. Christensen & Hymas also hopes for the player’s quick recovery. Support from friends and family are essential for the patient’s recovery. There is strength from prayers and positive thoughts that can lift up the family during this challenging time. Christensen & Hymas would like to remind motorists and other road users to adhere to safe driving habits. Please, do not drive impaired.  The roadways can be challenging at times and drivers need to be alert to respond adequately to any situation. Sometimes, despite our own safe efforts, some accidents still result from the recklessness and negligence of other motorists. If you have...
Man Seriously Injured in Bicycling Accident inside Park Tunnel

Man Seriously Injured in Bicycling Accident inside Park Tunnel

A West Jordan man who was seriously injured in a biking accident was reported to be among a group of eight people who opted to bike illegally through a tunnel. This group of cyclists is part of a group composed of twelve people. According to the report, they were in Zion’s National Park last Friday when they were supposed to be shuttled through the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel as part of the park’s policy. Allegedly, instead of using the shuttle, these eight people decided to use their bicycles to navigate through the tunnel. The group entered the tunnel around 4:30 p.m. Friday. The report also stated that there were two minors among this group of cyclists. One of the cyclists told officials that the accident happened as they rounded a corner. It was pitch black in the tunnel and only two of the cyclists had lights. They saw the 51 year old man just lying there after his bike crashed. The cyclist added that he went back to the mouth of the tunnel to inform incoming traffic about the crash. He added that he does not want anybody else to get hurt and admitted that what they did was stupid. He concluded that they have learned their lesson and will have to pay the price. In the report, officials stated that it is illegal to bicycle through the 1.1 mile-long tunnel due to safety reasons. It was also disclosed that park rangers issued violation notices to the group. The current condition of the injured cyclist is unknown. Christensen & Hymas hopes for the quick recovery of the injured cyclist. We...