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...

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...

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...

Police Officer Arrested for DUI Investigation

A 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...