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Bill to Propose Putting Breathalyzer Devices in Bars

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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 Davidson of The Salt Lake Tribune



Police Officer Arrested for DUI Investigation

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

sheriffA Washington County sheriff’s lieutenant was arrested and is now under a DUI investigation after rolling his patrol vehicle with his four children inside.

KSL reports the officer as Lt. Jake Adams, 39. It was disclosed that he was booked into the Iron County Jail under the name Jason Lynn Adams for investigation of DUI, making an unsafe lane change, and carrying a weapon while intoxicated.

The report stated that Adams rolled his Washington County sheriff’s patrol vehicle, an unmarked F-150 pickup truck, with his four children inside. Adams suffered minor injuries while his children, ages 8 to 14, were not injured. Adams was not on duty at the time of the accident.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce called it a “slow speed rollover accident”. This accident happened on State Route 17 near La Verkin just before 4:30 p.m. Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher said he was grateful that the family did not suffer serious injuries and that nobody was killed.

The report added that Adams was booked into the Iron County Jail to avoid a conflict of interest in Washington County. He posted bail and was released Monday. Adams was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Adams was hired by the sheriff’s office in 1998 and was the lieutenant in charge of investigations.

Christensen & Hymas hopes this situation can be resolved soon. We encourage everyone to adhere to traffic rules and to never drive impaired or drunk. If you have consumed alcohol, it is best to get a designated driver rather than to trust your judgment. Accidents can happen very suddenly and may result in the injury or death of another.

Christensen & Hymas is available for free initial consultation about personal injury cases. Call us at (801)-506-0800 if you have any concerns on compensation case you want to be clarified about.

Original article by Pat Reavy of KSL

Two People Hurt as Police Chase Ends in Crash

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Photo Credit: Michael McFall, Salt Lake Tribune

According to a Tribune report, police were handling a robbery near 900 S. State St. Monday afternoon when a 23-year-old man with a warrant for his arrest took off in a stolen vehicle. Detective Cody Lougy said  that officers pursued the man, but the suspect ended up crashing into a vehicle, which struck a second vehicle in the intersection of 900 W. 600 North in Salt Lake City.

The report added that the suspect then struck a power pole before the stolen SUV ended up on its side north of the intersection.

According to Lougy, the man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. He added that a passenger in one of the other vehicles also had minor injuries. The suspect was to be booked into the Salt Lake County jail Monday night on suspicion of fleeing arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Additionally, he was charged with aggravated assault against a police officer for nearly hitting an officer during the pursuit. Lougy added that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Salt Lake City.

Christensen & Hymas reminds everyone to take extra precaution in the road. This article illustrates that even when you are adhering to traffic rules, you can still be involved in an accident. Make sure that your personal insurance policy is updated and know what a personal injury claim is.

Christensen & Hymas specializes in personal injury cases. We can help you process personal injury claims to get relief from the financial burden of the injuries from the accident and lost work days as you recover. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. Let our competent personal injury lawyers clarify for you some concerns regarding compensation claims.

Original article by Michael McFall of Salt Lake Tribune

Defendant Awaits Sentencing After Death of 2-year-old

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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 one could have avoided hitting that stroller.”

Christensen & Hymas offers its deepest condolences. We ask drivers to exercise their utmost caution while driving and to remember that safety is always the top priority.

Original report by Jessica Miller of The Salt Lake Tribune.

Drunk Driving Incident Ends in Tragedy

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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.

Zane ThurberWhile police take care of the investigation, it is important that we keep Zane Thurber, as seen in the picture on the right, and his family in our thoughts and prayers. All of us at Christensen & Hymas offer our sincerest condolences to the family and to all that were involved. We wish you the best and hope that you will be able to find peace and comfort in these hard times.

If any of our readers are wondering how they can help or offer condolences to Zane’s family, relatives of the Thurber family have set up an online Funeral & Medical Expenses Fund where you can donate.  The family has mentioned that the driver who hit them most likely does not have insurance, and so they would appreciate any help you can offer them as they try to cover the expenses resulting from this sorrowful event.


Original Story by   and  at Fox 13 and Amy Joi O’Donoghue at KSL News.

Picture found at the Thurber Family Funeral & Medical Expense Fund

Suspect Flees After Crash on I-215

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

wvc carAt approximately 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday the 21st, a woman allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle causing it to roll over before fleeing into the night. The crash took place on I-215 near 235 West in Murray. According to KSL news, the suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Marcy Riley of Cottonwood Heights. There were no reported witnesses to the incident.

Many details of the circumstances leading up to the incident are, as of now, unknown or unreleased. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce has stated that the cause of the crash has yet to be determined and there were no reported injuries.

Although it is uncertain how she lost control of the vehicle, information gathered during an investigation by WVCPD and UHP indicates that Riley fled north on foot before getting a ride to a TRAX station from an acquaintance.  The car involved was reported stolen earlier that day by the suspect’s ex-boyfriend, whose identity has not been made public.

The suspect has, thus far, eluded a joint investigation by UHP and WVCPD, and remains at large. There is an active warrant for Riley’s arrest on drug-related charges, and additional charges are expected to be filed in the near future. West Valley City Police have recently been the subject of intense scrutiny after a wrongful death suit and a nine month investigation that led DA Sim Gill to decide that the killing was, in fact, unjustified. A criminal inquiry in this case is still in progress. Cases filed against this police department have caused controversy more recently, and their operations are—now, more than ever—under the careful watch of the public eye.

Police are asking anyone with information about Riley or her whereabouts to call 801-887-3800.

Christensen and Hymas would like to remind all of our readers to never drive under the influence and be careful on the highways at night. If you or a loved one has been wrongfully harmed, even at the hands of an authority figure, then you have a right to seek justice.


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Clayton Family Badly Hurt in I-15 Accident

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

6670337287_0037720a3cKSL News reported that Patrick A. Clayton, a  31-year-old father from Las Vegas, and his two children, identified as five-year-old Alexa Clayton, and six-year-old Patrick Clayton are listed in critical condition as a result of a rollover accident around 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 24. According to the report, they were traveling in Beaver aboard a Ford Explorer when the front tire blew out causing the SUV to rollover into the median.

The two children were not wearing seat belts and were thrown out of the vehicle. Alexa suffered a possible broken neck while the boy sustained severe head trauma. They were flown by a medical helicopter from the scene of the accident to about 10 miles south of Beaver to a Salt Lake City hospital.

The father, who was driving the vehicle, was taken by an ambulance to a local hospital. He was later transferred by helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.

The mother, identified as 26-year-old Eva Enriquez Plascen, and her son Jorge Gallardo Enriquez, age 9, were taken by ambulance to an area hospital. They were wearing seat belts and were not ejected from the vehicle. Still, they are listed in serious condition.

Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson disclosed that the condition of Patrick Clayton did not improve as of Tuesday.

Rollovers are mostly single-vehicle crashes because they usually do not involve a collision with another vehicle in transport. Some of the possible reasons for a rollover are tire blowout, loss of tire tread, tire belt peel off, tread separation, and tire bead unseating. These tire-related events can make a vehicle lose control, especially at high speeds, and eventually rollover.

Please check your tires before you travel and keep your speed within limits. Do not forget to wear your seat belts. Make it a family habit to check that everyone is properly restrained in their seats.

If you have concerns about personal injury resulting from reckless driving, call us at (801)-506-0800, we have expert lawyers who can assist you with your concerns.

Original article by McKenzie Romero.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Fern.

Two Men Seriously Injured in Auto Accident in West Valley

Monday, July 1st, 2013

6166069579_07d8445020Two men were seriously injured in an automobile accident on Sunday according to KSL. The accident happened in West Valley City near 4000 West and 2100 South around 7:30 pm.

The driver of a pickup truck was going through an intersection when a man driving a minivan ran a red light, striking the side of the truck. The truck rolled and both drivers were taken to a hospital in serious condition. The two men were the only passengers of their vehicles.

Sgt. Trudy Cropper mentioned that drugs and/or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this accident. At this time, details of why the man ran the red light are not available. Often speed and distracted driving are factors in these types of crashes, and the consequences of such driving can be deadly.

We hope that the two men will fully recover. We specialize in personal injury law and have helped many people who have been involved in auto accidents at the fault of another get the compensation they deserve. We have dealt with many cases involving both distracted driving and speed related accidents and encourage drivers to put their phones away while driving, and to slow down.

Many times the biggest battle in an auto accident is dealing with the insurance companies, which often want to pay as little as possible. The attorneys at our law firm are well equipped at dealing with insurance companies and fighting for your compensation.

If you have been injured, please do not hesitate to call our law firm at (801) 506-0800 for a free and confidential consultation.

Photo courtesy of Jason Bain.


Riverdale Rollover Kills Driver

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Deadly Crash_KSL NewsEarly this morning, an accident occurred on northbound I-15 in Riverdale, UT.  An adult male driving an SUV reportedly lost control at 5:38 am. The car rolled four times, and finally stopped at an embankment north of Riverdale Road.

The Ogden-native driver died at the scene of the crash. Utah Highway Patrol has not yet been in touch with his relatives, and so his name has not been released.

Witnesses of the accident reported to UHP that there had been no signs of impairment on the driver’s part before he suddenly swerved off the road. UHP believes medical problems may have been a factor, as well as speed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a Medical Conditions and Driving packet to help drivers discover whether or not they are safe to drive with their medical condition.

The list of medical conditions that might prohibit your safety driving on the road are as follows:

  • Visual conditions or diseases; anything that would hinder your vision.
  • Cardiovascular diseases: especially if associated with cerebral ischemia.
  • Cerebrovascular disease: a recent stroke, or the possibility of a stroke in the near future.
  • Nervous System: narcolepsy or sleep apnea can be extremely dangerous.
  • Respiratory diseases: any potential respiratory failure that could result in cognitive impairment
  • Psychiatric Diseases: Schizophrenia, personality disorders, or chronic alcohol abuse.
  • Medications: antidepressants, antihistamines, or drugs that have central nervous system effects (e.g. sedatives, hypnotics, benzodiazepines, or stimulants)

If you have any situations where your reaction time or cognitive senses are impaired, you should not be driving. For the safety of other vehicles, and also for yourself.

From Christensen & Hymas, keep yourself aware and safe out there on the roads.


Image courtesy of KSL News

4-Car Pile-Up Causes Major Delays

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Traffic backed up on I-15In a story from KUTV, there was an impactful accident on the highway monday morning. A four-car crash caused delays on I-15 during the commuters’ rush hour.

Early in the mooring, a Honda Accord stalled in the second-to-right most lane on I-15 near the exit 2900 South. A Chevy Avail traveling closely behind the Accord attempted to swerve to avoid a crash. Another vehicle, a Ford Ranger pick-up truck rear-ended the first car. Then the Avail lost control, and hit a wall. A fourth car, a Blazer, hit the Ranger as he swerved across traffic lanes, ending in up in the HOV lane.

For a stretch of 3 exits on the highway, only two lanes were open for traffic to continue by. Utah Highway Patrol worked hard to clear the accident so traffic could start moving again.

Some of the people in the accident had minor injuries, but they all declined medical assistance or even attention.

These four drivers are very lucky to have sustained only minor injuries. Accidents involving multiple cars can be particularly dangerous. Multiple-car accidents usually occur in high traffic volumes, and high traffic speeds, because in these situations, if one car develops a problem, or suddenly stops/slows, the cars traveling behind may not have enough space or time to react and avoid hitting the car in front. This can cause an obviously dangerous chain reaction.

If you or a friend has been in a multiple-car accident, and have any questions concerning the legal implications of your accident, or how to proceed legally, call Utah Accident Attorneys at Christensen & Hymas for a FREE consultation: 801-506-0800.


Image courtesy of KUTV News