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3 Dead, 6 Hurt in Fatal Accident in Tooele County

Three vehicles are reported to be involved in an accident on Sunday in Tooele County. According to the report, there were eleven people, total, involved in the incident. The accident occurred along State Route 36 near the interchange with SR 38. This rural highway has had its share of accidents, according to witnesses, but this has been the first instance of an accident of this severity; three people are reported dead while six others were injured. The report added that a van with seven people inside  —five teenagers and two adults— was involved in the accident. The occupants of the van were going on a trip to Salt Lake City with a church group in a caravan with two other vehicles. One of the adults from the van is reported among the fatalities. Two young people from this group were also reported to have sustained serious injuries. The video report accompanying the Fox13 article stated that five teenagers were ejected from the van.  One female teenager was thrown from the van to the side of the road. Other occupants were injured to a lesser extent. A total of four medical helicopters were dispatched to the scene. According to authorities, the van was trying to make a U-turn when it was T-boned by a red Subaru. The two occupants of the red Subaru were confirmed dead at the scene. The report added that Route 36 has been closed in both directions near the site of the crash and no information was given on how long the closure would remain. Christensen & Hymas offers its condolences to the bereaved family and friends....

Car Collision with a Semitrailers Leaves One in Critical Condition

At 2:05 p.m. of Wednesday, an accident occurred on I-15 which resulted a driver receiving critical injury and two female passengers being injured to an unknown extent. According to a recent report, a Honda Civic traveling north on I-15 near 700 South in Layton swerved and hit the inside barrier of the freeway. The Honda Civic then bounced off the rail and into oncoming traffic and became wedged beneath a semi-trailer. It was disclosed by Sgt. Todd Royce of the Utah Highway Patrol that the semitrailer dragged the vehicle for an unknown distance. He added that there were three occupants in the Honda. The report stated that a man was then flown to McKay-Dee Hospital in critical condition and the two females were driven by ambulance to a hospital. Moreover, the conditions of the two female victims were not immediately clear. It was also reported that there were no other reported injuries. Sgt. Todd Royce of the Utah Highway Patrol said that the cause of the accident is under investigation. He added that the reason why the Honda Civic driver veered into traffic is still unclear. Christensen & Hymas hopes for the quick and full recovery of those who were involved in this accident. We also encourage all motorists to take extra precaution when driving. Avoid distracted and impaired driving so that you can make wise automotive decisions. Do not forget to buckle up and to obey all traffic rules. Christensen & Hymas advocates safe driving habits and specializes in personal injury cases. If you have been injured as a result of someone’s reckless driving behavior and negligence, call...

Tabiona Man Injured in Rear-End Collision

According to KSL, a logging truck driver identified as Wesley Fabrizio, 51 was issued a citation for following too closely to a pickup truck. The accident occurred around 3 p.m. on state Route 35. The report states that Dean Sweat, 57, was driving his pickup and slowed down to make a right turn. Utah Highway Patrol trooper Luke Stradinger said that Fabrizio was behind Sweat at that time. Fabrizio crashed into the back of Sweat’s pickup causing both trucks to roll.  Stradinger added that the logging truck came to rest across SR-35, shutting the two-lane road down for a couple hours. It was disclosed that Sweat was taken by ambulance to Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt, where he was treated and later released. Fabrizio was not injured according to the report. According to NHTSA, rear-end crashes are not only one of the frequently occurring types of crashes, but also are responsible for a large number of injuries and fatalities and substantial property damage every year. Injuries from rear-ending accidents should not be taken lightly. According to Mayo Clinic, whiplash is a neck injury that can occur during rear-end automobile collisions, when your head suddenly moves backward and then forward —similar to the motion of someone cracking a whip. This type of injury can be mild or severe and usually can be treated using over-the counter pain relievers and a cold compress. They add that most people recover from whiplash in just a few weeks, but some may develop chronic pain after a whiplash injury. Christensen & Hymas reminds everyone to be extra careful on the road. It takes...

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...

Two People Hurt as Police Chase Ends in Crash

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 Mother’s Tale on How Seatbelts Saved Her Children’s Lives

A mother, identified by the article as Krista Turner of Eagle Mountain, recalled how seat belts saved her and her children from fatal harm last January 23. According to the article, the day started as usual with the family having their prayer led by Krista Turner and her 10-year-old daughter, McKenna, joined by her husband via phone from his work. Krista Turner stated that she had many things to do that day. She had a carpool to drive, a 3-month-old baby to feed, visiting teaching to do, and a snack to bring to her daughter’s kindergarten class. To complicate things further, her oldest daughter had a sore throat and would need to see a doctor. Krista spent the day accomplishing her tasks and was glad that her oldest daughter tested negative for strep throat. With her three children buckled in her car, the article stated that Krista Turner began drive home to Eagle Mountain on westbound state Route 73. According to Krista, she was surprised that there were no cars around her when she knew for a fact that the road was well-traveled. Krista said that she had a bad feeling about the empty road and then noticed a white car in the eastbound lanes.  The article stated that the white car started to curve into the middle turning lane. The article added that Krista completely expected the car to correct its course, but the car just kept coming at a fast rate. The article disclosed that Krista’s car skid and rolled nearly 1,000 feet before landing upside down. It was also disclosed that immediately after the crash, witnesses...
House Approves Bill to Protect Officers from Pursuit-Related Lawsuits

House Approves Bill to Protect Officers from Pursuit-Related Lawsuits

A report disclosed that the House passed a bill on Tuesday intended to protect law enforcement officers from being liable when the suspects they’re pursuing are injured or killed. The bill, Bill 64-10, will now go before the Senate. House Majority Leader Brad Dee, R-Ogden who sponsored HB20 was quoted saying, “If they choose to put themselves in danger, we don’t owe them a duty of care, and we can’t be held liable if they choose to kill themselves.” He added that this bill is a response to a Utah Supreme Court decision regarding a Cache County family’s wrongful death lawsuit which proceed against a Weber County sheriff’s deputy who was pursuing the family’s son when he died in a rollover crash. The report added a comment by House Majority Leader Brad Dee who stated that the Supreme Court decision calls for a change in the law. According to the report, Dee said the bill would not remove the responsibility of a law enforcement officer engaged in pursuit to “respond adequately and within policy.” On the other hand, it was also reported that Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, said he was troubled by the bill because it handled the issue raised by the court case “with a sledgehammer,” taking away any possibility that a law enforcement officer could be held liable for any injuries or harm that the criminal might incur. In the report, Rep. Richard Greenwood, a retired Utah Highway Patrolmen, said he was involved in nearly 100 chases. Rep. Greenwood said the court ruling has had a chilling effect on law enforcement. He made mention that,...

Man Hit by a Car, Run Over by Two More Cars

A 49 year old man attempting to cross 4000 West at 4215 South about 7:30 p.m. was reported to be struck by an oncoming vehicle.  According to West Valley police, the driver of the vehicle that hit the man immediately stopped, called 911, and checked on the victim. The report added that several other motorists stopped to render assistance and used their vehicles in an attempt to block the road. Police stated that two other vehicles traveling north on 4000 West drove around the scene and ran over the victim as he lay in the street. The report described the vehicles that ran over the man as one being small and light-colored and the other was possibly a darker-colored SUV. The victim sustained numerous broken bones but was reported to be in stable condition. It was disclosed that West Valley City Police Department is asking anyone with information on the incident to contact the authorities at 801-840-4000. This incident is a reminder for pedestrians to be careful as they cross the streets and use designated places as much as possible. Motorists are likewise encourage by Christensen & Hymas to pay extra attention on the road and be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists. Avoid distracted and impaired driving as these driving conditions would make you more at risks for accidents. If you happen to be involved in an accident, stay on the scene and do not leave until police arrive. Leaving the scene of the accident when you are directly involved is illegal. Christensen & Hymas specializes on personal injury cases. If you are a victim of reckless...
Rear Ending Accident Sends Two Cars into Sandy Canal

Rear Ending Accident Sends Two Cars into Sandy Canal

A report disclosed that three people were sent to a hospital after a crash sent two cars into a Sandy canal. Police stated that a car carrying two people was rear-ended by another car driven by a person believed to be travelling at high speeds near 7700 South and 700 East. The report added that the crash caused both vehicles to fall into the East Jordan canal. It was disclosed that the canal had only residual water and was six to eight inches deep. Sandy City Police Sgt. Mark Soper stated that the three people involved in the accident were transported to the hospital for precautionary measures. They sustained some minor injuries and were reported to be in fair condition. The crash is under investigation and the report stated that police are considering alcohol to be a factor in the accident. Christensen & Hymas urges all motorists to practice safe driving habits. These include avoidance of distracted and impaired driving. No matter how careful you are, some people simply neglect to share the road and follow traffic rules. Protect yourself by reading some of our free accident books made available for you on our website. You can request a free copy of these books to share with your friends and love ones. Know important things about accidents and insurance claims.  It is said that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, so arm yourself with information as much as you can. This information might come in handy at some point in your life. Christensen & Hymas also offers free initial consultation on personal injury cases...

High Speed Chase Leads to DUI Arrest

According 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...