Archive for the ‘Drunk Driving Accidents’ Category

More on Lindsay and Presley Dyches

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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


Semi Sideswipes UHP Trooper’s Car

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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 that lost control on the wintry road. He added that his car was still in the repair lot and now he got hit again by a semi-truck while doing his job.

These accidents underscore the hazards troopers face in line of duty. UHP said half a dozen troopers in Utah County alone have been hit this winter. Lt. Rich Christianson requests motorists to give UHP more space and respect.

Sadly, not all motorists share the road and obey traffic rules. Recklessness and negligence often result in personal injury. If you have sustained injuries because someone has violated traffic rules, Christensen & Hymas can help you process personal injury claims. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation.

Original article by Sandra Yi of

19 Year Old Investigated for DUI and Running Over His Mother

Friday, February 21st, 2014

duiThe 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 alert in order to make wise decisions.

Despite the blood alcohol level limitations for drivers, some people choose to drive intoxicated, making the probability of car accidents higher. If you have sustained injuries because someone decided to break traffic rules, or drive intoxicated or impaired, you may be entitled to compensation. Call (801)-506-0800 and get in touch with our competent personal injury lawyers who can help you properly process your personal injury claims. Let Christensen & Hymas handle the paperwork while you focus on recovering from your injuries.

Original article by McKenzie Romero of

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



Driver Identified in DUI Case

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

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 an accident involving drunk drivers, call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. We have experienced personal injury lawyers to guide you through the many concerns of compensation claims.

Original article by Morgan Jacobsen of KSL



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

High Speed Chase Leads to DUI Arrest

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Highway 89 drunk drivingAccording to a report, the Centerville police went after a woman driver who was driving on Legacy Highway at nearly 100 miles per hour in the wrong direction last Saturday. The woman was identified by the report as Vickie Lynn Diamond, 36 years of age. Diamond was driving a silver Chrysler 300 when she passed by a Centerville police sergeant who was on his way home at around 2 a.m. according to Assistant Chief Paul Child of the Centerville police.

Allegedly, the Chrysler had been traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 89 when it entered Legacy Highway and continued to go in the wrong direction.

The report added that police had to shut down traffic in the northbound lanes on Parrish Lane in Centerville and 500 South in Woods Cross. It was also disclosed that officers deployed road spikes just north of Parrish Lane and a roadblock was set up at 1275 North in Centerville.

Salt Lake Unified Police stated that the high-speed chase went through Salt Lake City and eventually ended when the suspect was already in custody.

Diamond was reported to have passed five other cars while traveling the wrong way between Farmington and Centerville—it was fortunate that no accident resulted from the situation.

Assistant Chief Paul Child of the Centerville police stated that Diamond allegedly left a bar called Liquid Joe’s shortly before the chase. Child added that Diamond was found to have an alcohol concentration of .168. This alcohol concentration was determined through a breath test performed an hour after she had encountered the authorities.

The report added that she was arrested on suspicion of third-degree felony evading, reckless driving, speeding, going the wrong way and DUI. Diamond was booked into the Davis County Jail.

Christensen & Hymas is glad that no one was hurt during the incident. Driving under the influence can have fatal consequences as we have learned from countless past car accidents. We remind everyone to avoid impaired driving and DUI.

Christensen & Hymas advocates road safety and does not condone reckless driving. If you or someone who you know has suffered injury due to someone’s reckless driving and negligence, call us at (801)-506-0800. We offer free initial consultation on personal injury claims. You deserve to be compensated, so call us now.

Original article by Natalie Crofts of KSL

Photo courtesy of Ken Lund on Flickr.

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

Plea Deal for DUI Driver

Friday, January 17th, 2014
Ramiro Serrano-Hernandez

Ramiro Serrano-Hernandez

A man, who was identified by reports as Ramiro Hernandez, has taken a plea deal in connection with his involvement in the death of Ashlee Zimmer in August of last year. Ramirez was accused of hitting and killing an Orem woman while driving drunk. According to authorities, he was driving with an expired Utah driving privilege card early Sunday morning when he veered off the road and hit the woman who was sitting on the curb next to a parked car at 844 N. 100 West in Orem at about 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 25. He hit a parked car prior to hitting Zimmer and proceeded to crash into a fence. According to police reports, Hernandez fled the scene of the crash. He was later found hiding behind a garbage receptacle a few blocks away when found by authorities.

It has been disclosed that Hernandez was charged with automobile homicide while Driving Under the Influence, which is classified as a second-degree felony; failure to remain at an accident involving death, a third-degree felony; an accident involving property damage, a class B misdemeanor; and driving without a valid license, a class C misdemeanor. According to the report, Hernandez recently pleaded guilty to automobile homicide by DUI, a second-degree felony, and, in exchange for the guilty plea, the remaining three charges against him were dropped.

This is not the first time that Hernandez has been cited for an alcohol-related incident. One day before the fatal accident, he was cited for intoxication and disorderly conduct. The report added that Hernandez wasn’t taken into custody at that time because he wasn’t driving.

Reports state that the verdict for his case will be given by February 27. Hernandez could face one to fifteen years in prison as a consequence of his actions.

Christensen & Hymas hopes that this story can motivate all motorists to be responsible on the road. The safety of the driver and the safety of those around him depends on strict adherence to traffic rules. To avoid accidents, do not drive distracted or impaired.

Christensen & Hymas can be reached through (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation on personal injury claims. Anyone who has sustained injuries or has been hospitalized as a result of the recklessness or negligent of another person is entitled to compensation. Call us now so that our competent personal injury lawyers can answer all of your concerns.

Original article and photo by Paige Fieldsted of Daily Herald

Driver Critically Hurt After Crashing Into UHP Vehicle

Friday, January 10th, 2014

A man involved in an accident on Monday near Parowan, Utah was reportedly flown to a hospital in critical condition.

According to the report the man was driving a pickup truck that was headed northbound on I-15 when it veered into the median side of a lane occupied by Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Ryan Bauer’s patrol vehicle and a wrecker. UHP Sgt. Todd Royce said that Bauer was investigating a previous crash that had taken place near Parowan.

Royce stated that the pickup side-swiped Bauer’s car along the passenger side then hit the tilt bed of the wrecker, which caused the pickup to roll several times until it came to a halt in the median. The driver was critically injured with severe head trauma. Royce said he was flown via helicopter to a Salt Lake City hospital.

The report added that Royce said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash. UHP Sgt. Ryan Bauer was inside the patrol car at the time of the crash but was not seriously injured.

Christensen &Hymas hopes for the quick recovery of the man involved in this accident. We remind everyone to avoid driving while impaired or distracted. Fatal accidents can happen to anyone, by simply taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds.

Pedestrians, people inside parked cars and those standing outside their parked-vehicles are also advised to be on the alert for speeding vehicles. Drivers of these vehicles might become distracted and can suddenly veer towards your direction and catch you unaware. This holiday season is a time for many celebrations. We hope that those involved in drinking will designate an alternate driver. Remind your love ones to be responsible drivers and avoid causing pain and injuries to others.

Christensen & Hymas is committed to help people who have been injured by reckless or distracted drivers. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for any concerns on personal injury compensation claims. Let our dedicated personal injury lawyers help you process the claim more efficiently. We believe that you need to be compensated in order to recover from the financial costs of the injuries sustained from the accident.

Original article by ABC News