DUCHESNE — KSL News reported today that Keri Houston, 18, was sitting in her parked car at the side of the road when Jake Antonio Arrats rammed his car into the side of Houson’s, partially severing her leg.
Houston’s leg was between the body of the car and the open door of the car. Upon impact, her leg was crushed as the door slammed shut, causing “a near-complete amputation of her leg in two places.”
At the time of the accident, Arrats was influenced by drugs and alcohol, and was texting while driving.
A warrant for Arrats’ arrest has been issued for $15,000.
The staff at Christensen & Hymas wish to send our most sincere condolences to Ms. Houston and her family, as we know they must be suffering terribly as a result of this incident.
It is well known by most drivers that driving under the influence of alcohol is simply dangerous. Driving while under the influence of drugs is also a no-brainer. On the other hand, texting while driving is also as dangerous. In fact, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah, ”The impairments associated with using a cell phone while driving can be as profound as those associated with driving while drunk.”
Another study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University concluded: “Behavioral studies have shown that engaging in a secondary task, such as talking on a cellular telephone, disrupts driving performance.” They go on to say that brain activity is reduced by 37% while multitasking in the car.
No one should have to suffer due to another’s carelessness. If you have been hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call Christensen & Hymas toll free at 1-800-506-0800 for a free consultation.