Semi Sideswipes UHP Trooper’s Car

Utah Highway Patrol trooper James Wright had just concluded a routine traffic stop and was reviewing notes inside his car when he was suddenly sideswiped by a semi-truck. According to the report, the semi-truck was heading south on I-15 when it drifted into the emergency lane and hit the trooper’s car that was parked on the side of the road. According to Wright, the driver of the semi-truck seemed to be unaware of what happened and continued on his way. Wright added that he went after the semi for about 50 yards using his damaged car. The report stated that Lehi police came to investigate and moved the semi off the freeway. The driver was identified by the report as 49-year-old Steven Sturgis Bell. According to the report, Bell tried to run away from authorities during the field sobriety test.  The police tackled the suspect and allegedly found methamphetamine on him. Lt. Rich Christianson said the driver did something that could result in someone getting killed. Wright is thankful that the driver of the car he had just released from that traffic stop was no longer in that area. Had the driver been present at the time the semi-truck sideswiped the trooper’s car, he could have been seriously hurt. Bell was booked into jail and faces multiple charges, including DUI, drug possession, and resisting arrest. Authorities say he’s from Nevada and drives for KKW Trucking out of California. This is not the first time that Wright was involved in an accident that wrecked his car. He stated that about ten months ago, his car was hit by a pickup...

19 Year Old Investigated for DUI and Running Over His Mother

The young man was identified in a recent report as Douglas Brandon Herring of Goshen. Douglas was arrested by authorities and is under investigation for driving under the influence after running over his mother. The incident occurred last Monday when the young man’s parents tried to stop him from leaving home at around 11 p.m. Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon stated that Douglas ran over his mother with his pickup truck. Cannon added that Herring’s mother fell and was hit by the truck. She was taken by medical helicopter to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center with broken bones and lacerations. The woman was still at the hospital and recovering on Tuesday. The report stated that Deputies said Herring’s behavior at the scene were indicative of drug and alcohol use. It was disclosed that Deputies obtained a warrant after Herring refused to comply with drug tests. Allegedly, the blood and urine samples taken from Herring tested positive for methamphetamine. The report added that Herring was booked into the Utah County Jail and is being charged with inflicting serious bodily injury while driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, and driving without insurance. It was also disclosed that a search of court records revealed Herring took a plea in abeyance in September for consuming alcohol as a minor. Christensen & Hymas hopes for the quick recovery of Douglas Brandon Herring’s mother. Once again, we encourage all motorists not to get behind the wheel if you have consumed alcohol or are impaired by medications or drugs. Driving requires clear heads, as accidents can happen quickly. Drivers need to be...

School Buses with Outside Cameras for Kids’ Safety

Alpine School District is said to be testing a new surveillance system to catch drivers who bypass school bus stop signs. Shaun Adams, of Alpine School District’s Transportation Department, stated that the department observed more and more vehicles not paying attention to traffic laws. A Fox13 article reported that bus drivers see dozens of people ignoring stop signs every day, putting kids in danger. “[Even] when the stop sign is out and the red lights are flashing,” Adams said, “we have a lot of vehicles drive right through.” Bus drivers believe distracted driving is to blame. Adams told Fox13 that people are distracted by putting on makeup, drinking or spilling coffee, and using communication devices such as cell phones and GPS. The district hopes that the new camera system mounted on the outside of the bus will deter drivers from passing the school bus when its lights are flashing. The article states that all video of violations will be turned over to the police. According to Doug Frasier, who is with Gatekeeper Systems, the company that designed the camera system, this move is about the safety of the children and driver behavior modification. He added that the video will provide evidence, violators will get fined, and that people will become more aware— prompting a change in driving behavior. Because of the system’s steep price tag of $4,000 per unit, officials expect to install cameras on only a handful of buses throughout the district. If you have been injured due to reckless driving or the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to reparation. Call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 for...

Bill to Propose Putting Breathalyzer Devices in Bars

According to  the Tribune, House Majority Whip Greg Hughes, R-Draper, is drafting a bill that may require blood alcohol testing devices to be placed in bars. He describes them as “vending-machine breathalyzers to enable patrons to check their blood alcohol level before leaving the bar.” The report added that Hughes is negotiating whether to make them mandatory for all clubs and bars or to require them only in establishments cited for code violations. Hughes added that this law would apply only to establishments that primarily serve alcohol and not to restaurants that mainly serve food. The use of the breathalyzers would be voluntary; the laws are intended to help patrons decide if it’s safe to drive home or if they should get an alternate driver or cab. Hughes stated that bars and clubs are pushing back against the idea of mandatory breathalyzers. He added that he is looking at incentivizing the installation of breathalyzers by lowering fines for establishments that allow them. Another way that has been suggested to encourage their use is to require them only in establishments that have had repeated violations. Hughes is also finding ways to shield businesses that offer the breathalyzers from liability if someone fails a breathalyzer test, then drives anyway. Christensen & Hymas are strong advocates of safe driving habits, we encourage all motorists to never drink and drive. If you or someone you know has suffered injury due to another’s reckless driving behavior or negligence may call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800. Let our competent personal injury lawyers help you process your personal injury claims properly and efficiently. Original article by Lee...

Driver Identified in DUI Case

Police arrested a woman identified as Trina Armijo, 25, last Saturday for allegedly driving drunk with two children in the car and colliding with a parked vehicle. According to KSL, Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Gary Young  stated that police received reports from two witnesses in Cottonwood Heights who claimed they saw a woman driving erratically; the witnesses suspected the influence of alcohol or drugs, or a medical emergency. One of the witnesses observed the woman strike a parked vehicle and continue driving. Young said that the witness followed the woman until she pulled into a driveway near 2400 East and Bengal Boulevard. Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Gary Young stated that the two children, ages 2 and 5, who were in the vehicle at the time, did not suffer any injuries. The woman was booked into Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of DUI with a passenger under 16 in the vehicle, driving without a licence or insurance, and possession of a controlled substance. It has also been disclosed that the children are being cared for by a neighbor until the Division of Child and Family Services becomes involved. The report added that the police appreciate the public for their cooperation. Phone calls that give tips on public safety are always welcome. Christensen & Hymas is glad that no one was injured in this incident. Drunk driving can have fatal consequences and for this reason, Christensen & Hymas never ceases to remind all motorists to avoid distracted and impaired driving. We encourage all motorists to drive safely, obey all traffic rules and share the road. If you have sustained injuries in...