Woman Responsible for the Toddler Hit and Run Case Finally Arrested

The article reported that a woman allegedly involved in a hit-and –run accident that killed 2-year-old Gavyn Barnett June 20, 2013, was finally arrested by police authorities. Gavyn was hit while inside his stroller that was being pushed by his mother Angela Barnett and 9-year-old sister Serrena while they were crossing a crosswalk earlier this year. The suspect identified as Kimberly Munoz was reported by her ex-boyfriend to the West Valley City Police as the person responsible for the accident. He contacted West Valley City Police claiming he had information regarding the driver responsible for the said hit-and-run. The report added that Munoz admitted to being the driver of the car that struck the stroller the night of the auto-pedestrian accident. The information she told police were found to match the details obtained in the investigation conducted by authorities after the accident. Munoz was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on a hit-and-run, a third-degree felony, and improper lookout–a class C misdemeanor–according to the press release. Christensen & Hymas is glad that the driver of the hit-and–run accident that killed young Gavyn was finally identified. Hit-and-run is a callous act that hurts surviving family because the person responsible is sometimes never brought to justice. It is best to admit the mistake and face the consequences rather than flee the scene of the accident. We express our gratitude to the man who came forward about his ex-girlfriend and informed police that eventually brought resolution to the case. Without the information he had provided, the case may have never been solved. Christensen & Hymas helps victims of hit-and-run accidents. Competent...

Mark Hoggard Killed in a Hit-and-Run Accident

Another hit-and- run accident was reported in Utah. The report identified the fatality as 53-year-old Mark Hoggard of Sandy. According to the article, Hoggard was driving a semi-trailer that struck a barrier on the I-80 eastbound off ramp to I-15 southbound and 600 South. He got out of his truck and went to the back portion of the truck to warn other motorists. The report stated that Hoggard was hit by a vehicle after he got out from his truck and was critically injured as a result. He died Friday afternoon due to sustained injuries from being hit by a vehicle. By Saturday, police authorities began searching for the vehicle believed to be responsible for Hoggard’s injuries. The report stated that Utah Highway Patrol issued a press release stating that the acquired evidence from the crash site suggested that Mark Hoggard was possibly hit by a Geo Metro between model years 1995 and 2001. Authorities said the vehicle is missing a left mirror. Authorities believe that this is another case of an auto-pedestrian accident. The authorities also stated that nobody called saying that they were involved in an accident. The report also stated the police are asking anyone with information about the accident or a vehicle matching the description above to contact dispatch officials at 801-887-3800. Christensen & Hymas offers its condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mark Hoggard. We hope that whoever who is responsible for this accident will voluntarily contact police authorities to take responsibility what happened. We also hope that whoever was responsible will have the courage to come forward to shed light to the accident....

Sandy Police Looking for a Man Involved in Hit-and-Run

A pregnant woman identified as Chelsea Sheedy, 30, of Sandy was hit by a car that was backing out of a parking space at Hammons supermarket. According to the news report the man got out from his car and asked the woman if she was okay after she was knocked down. Sandy Police are now looking for this man after he had left the scene. Sandy Police Sgt. John Arnold said they wanted to talk with the man and asked why he left the pregnant woman. Even if the woman said she is okay, it is still not okay for the man to leave. According to Sgt. Arnold anyone involved in an accident should stay in the scene and wait for authorities to arrive. This is the moral and legal obligation of someone who could be responsible for the injury of another. According to the woman’s husband, his wife was treated at the scene and then taken to a hospital for scrapes, bruises, a back injury and a possible concussion. The pregnant woman was released from the hospital after checking the woman and her baby’s vital signs were stable. The report added that the woman was four months pregnant. The vehicle that struck the woman was described as a white Ford Explorer SUV with red stripes and Idaho license plates. Police authorities did spot the vehicle late Sunday but were unable to pull it over. The police want the man to come forward and talk with them about the incident. Christensen & Hymas is glad the pregnant woman did not sustain life threatening injuries from being hit by a...

Police Searching for Hit-and Run Suspect

A crash that happened around noon Wednesday, injured occupants of a minivan resulting in their hospitalization. The minivan allegedly struck a Ford Explorer that was speeding and ran the stop light at 2200 W 7600 S. Both vehicles went into a canal as a result of the collision. Unfortunately, the driver of the Ford Explorer fled the scene of the accident on foot. West Jordan police are now looking for this driver. The report indicated that as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, police authorities have already known the identity of the driver of the Ford Explorer but they were unable to locate him yet. The report stated that police authorities did not disclose the medical conditions of the injured people in the minivan. We at Christensen & Hymas are dismayed by the hit-and-run driver’s behavior. It could have been better if he stayed on the scene and called for help. By fleeing the scene, this driver is hurting more the occupants of the minivan by his callous behavior. We do not know the reasons why he chose to leave the scene. Maybe his instinct told him to run but rational and compassionate human being should face the consequence of their mistakes no matter how afraid they are for the results of their driving behavior. A website offered an explanation why a driver would choose to run rather than stay after an accident. According to the article there are many factors that contribute to the increase of hit-and –run cases. Some of the factors identified as the most prevalent are the number of unlicensed or illegal drivers and the fear of...
Dianna Carlson in Jail for Running Over A Woman with Her Trailer

Dianna Carlson in Jail for Running Over A Woman with Her Trailer

A simple property dispute turned ugly as one woman is now on life support. According to the report, Dianna Carlson was driving the car that dragged the Spanish Fork woman, identified as Debbie Butler. The neighbor who witnessed the incident told media that Dianna Carlson rolled up the window on Debbie Butler’s hand as she was attempting to stop the car from leaving. Allegedly, Carlson then stepped on the gas and dragged Butler along the vehicle. She did not stop and continued going even as Butler fell down and hit her head on the pavement. The trailer that was being towed by Carlson’s vehicle also ran over Mrs. Butler’s head putting her in critical condition and subsequently on life support. Prior to the accident, the article disclosed that Butler went to confront Carlson on the Butler property and the two women were screaming at each other. Dianna Carlson is reported to be living with Butler’s husband; the couple is currently separated. “Mrs. Carlson had been staying at the residence off and on with Mr. Butler,” said Lt. Cody Slaymaker of the Spanish Fork Police Department. The article also stated that Mrs. Butler called 911 regarding the presence of Dianna Carlson on their property. The report indicated that Dianna Carlson was named as a hit-and-run driver and was apprehended by the police. She is facing an aggravated assault charge with the possibility of getting a higher charge if her victim dies. Utah County Prosecutor Craig Johnson describes Mrs. Butler still being alive as a miracle. Johnson asked the judge that no bail should be set for Carlson, for which the judge agreed. Carlson will appear in court Wednesday at...
Female Cyclist Critically Injured in a Hit-and-Run Incident

Female Cyclist Critically Injured in a Hit-and-Run Incident

A 43-year-old female cyclist was reported to be riding her bike southbound on the shoulder of 2300 East when she was clipped by the driver. According to the accident report, the driver allegedly circled back after striking the Millcreek woman before driving away. Police said she was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition. The report stated that police are now searching for the hit-and-run suspect. According to Lieutenant Justin Hoval, the driver abandoned the victim and continued to drive recklessly. Police are not sure if the man was drunk, distracted or tired, the report added. They hope to find the man and question why he drifted off the roadway and struck the cyclist. Hoyal said that the driver was seen entering a Fresh Market parking lot in Millcreek and almost hit another car. The Fresh Market, located at 3900 South and 2300 East, was able to capture the incident in a surveillance video, which they gave to police authorities. Police described the driver allegedly responsible for the hit-and-run accident, as a white male in his 30s with short, spikey brown hair. Unified Police said he was driving a 2001-2003 Acura with a temporary registration tag and extensive damage to the passengerside windshield and front fender. Christensen & Hymas hope the police will find the driver as soon as possible. We encourage all motorists to drive responsibly. We also do not condone hit-and-run behavior. There could be a valid explanation or reason why the accident happened, but there is no way a driver can justify abandoning an injured person. Christensen & Hymas specializes in personal injury cases. Call us at (801)-506-0800. We will help you get the compensation you deserve for pain and suffering...