Archive for the ‘Pedestrian Accident Attorney’ Category

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

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

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 driving and suffered injuries because someone chose to be negligent, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. Get in touch with our personal injury lawyers who can guide you properly through compensation claims.

Original article by Morgan Jacobsen of KSL



Intentional Auto-Pedestrian Accident Leaves Pedestrian in Critical Condition

Monday, January 27th, 2014

intentional auto-pedestrianAn auto-pedestrian accident last Saturday afternoon allegedly resulted from a family dispute. The report stated that police are now looking for the suspect who is thought to have intentionally driven his truck onto a sidewalk and struck a pedestrian. It was disclosed that the victim and the truck driver knew each other. The report went on to state that an altercation between the suspect and the victim occurred prior to the incident at about 4 p.m. in the area near 200 south and 500 west.

According to Lt. Josh Scharman of the Salt Lake City Police Department, the two people involved in the accident may be related, and there is another party that may be involved in the incident. However, it was still unclear to authorities in what way the people involved in this incident are related. Scharman also added that there was another pedestrian present when the accident happened.

The report added that the pedestrian who was hit was taken to a hospital in serious condition while the other pedestrian was not injured. Police disclosed all of this as of about 9 p.m. and added that the victim was in serious but stable condition.

Police also reported that the victim spoke with the suspect over the phone, but that the victim had not yet met the suspect in person. It is still unclear to the authorities why the suspect hit the victim.

Lt. Josh Scharman of the Salt Lake City Police Department stated that police had recovered the truck that was used to strike the victim but the suspect is not in custody.

Christensen & Hymas hopes this case will be resolved soon and we offer our condolences to the victim and all that were involved. We encourage everyone to adhere to traffic rules and share the road. While emotions can often run high, it is never helpful to yield to anger while driving as the resulting actions can lead to disastrous consequences.

Christensen & Hymas cares for people who have suffered injuries as a result of someone’s reckless and negligent behavior. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. We believe that you deserve to be compensated to gain relief from the financial burden of the accident. Call us now and let our competent personal injury lawyers assist you through the claims process as you recuperate from your injuries.

Original article and picture by Mark Green of Fox13


West Valley Man Fatally Injured in Auto-Pedestrian Accident

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014


Early in the morning, on Friday the seventeenth, a West Valley City man was struck at the intersection of 2700 west and 4270 South.

Chris Larsen, a 59-year-old who was on his way to work at a nearby grocery store, was hit at around 6:45 a.m. as he was crossing east to west at the intersection. 

WVCPD officer Dalan Taylor  was at the scene following the accident, and believes that Mr. Larsen was hit as he stepped into traffic in front of a compact car that was heading southbound at 40 mph.

The incident is still under investigation, but dark morning conditions and a poorly lit intersection are thought to have contributed to this vehicle-pedestrian incident. Officer Taylor also added that there is no crosswalk at this intersection. It was reported that paramedics, police officers, and witnesses all attempted to revive him, but after suffering massive head and chest trauma there was little that could be done and Mr. Larsen was pronounced dead at the scene.

Accidents like this are tragic and far too common.  We invite our readers to exercise caution in the early morning hours, particularly at intersections and in school zones. If you are driving in an urban area, especially when the weather or lighting makes it difficult to see,  slow down and pay close attention to anywhere a pedestrian is likely to cross, even if it’s not marked.

Original Article: Salt Lake Tribune

Original News Video: KUTV News Report 

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Pedestrian Hit and Killed on University Avenue in Provo

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

A Daily Herald report identifies the pedestrian, who was hit and killed just before 6:30 a.m. near 700 N. University Avenue, as Rosa Merino, 42.

According to Provo Police Lt. Matt Siufanua, Merino was walking to work because the brakes in her car were out. The report states that Merino was crossing the street when she was hit by a vehicle identified as an older model GMC pickup truck.  The driver of this vehicle is described as a man in his 50’s.

According to Provo Police Lt. Matt Siufanua, responders were initially unable to get a pulse or breath from Merino and began CPR. They were able to get a pulse and transported her to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in critical condition, where Merino was later pronounced dead.

The report states that Merino was a single mother and she left behind three daughters at the ages of 12, 14, and 16. Siufanua disclosed to the media that he was working with the Provo School District to set up donation information for Merino’s children following the accident.

It has also been disclosed that the driver of the pickup truck is not yet arrested or charged. Because there is no citation or charge filed against him, police cannot release his name.

Siufanua said the driver was distracted by something in his car and wasn’t watching the road at the time of the accident.

Christensen & Hymas offers its condolences to the family of Merino. We hope for support and strength for the bereaved family and friends.

This accident is another illustration of the consequences of distracted driving. Once again, we encourage motorists to pay extra attention to the roads and be conscious of other road users, especially pedestrians and bicyclists. Accidents can happened in a few seconds, particularly when you take your eyes off the road. Please, obey all traffic rules and share the road.

Original article by Daily Herald

Nina Gailey Dies from Injuries from Pedestrian Accident

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Emergency RoomNews report stated a 20 year old pedestrian, Nina Gailey died from injuries she sustained Wednesday morning after being struck by a automobile.

Unified Police Department stated that the young woman was crossing 3900 South at about 1115 West on December 6 when she was hit by an eastbound car.  She was last seen pushing a stroller containing personal item into traffic and accompanied by a dog prior to the accident. There was no crosswalk in the area and Gailey was seen by witnesses to be darting into the road to cross the street. The dog was killed in the accident while the woman was transported to Intermountain Medical Center in extremely critical condition.

The speed limit on that street is 40 mph and police stated they did not consider speed as a factor in the accident. The woman driving the car was not injured.

Gailey was reported to be in a coma since the accident until she finally passed. Gailey’s family flew in from Georgia as soon as they heard about the accident to be with her. The report indicated that there were no charges against the woman driver that hit Gailey. The report also added that a memorial will be held in her honor at the LDS chapel on 1457 West Atherton Drive.

This accident clearly illustrates the danger of crossing the street. Even crosswalks are not that safe it is featured as the location of the most number of pedestrian accidents. Christensen & Hymas encourages everyone to be extra cautious when approaching intersections and crosswalks. Slow down and be on the lookout for pedestrian and bicyclist. We also would like to remind pedestrians to wear bright colored clothes especially at night or dawn and let your intention to cross the street be known to a motorist.

Original article by Robynn Garfield of

Image courtesy of Flickr.

Linda Olson Killed in Pedestrian Accident

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

images (3)A 64-year-old woman identified as Linda Olson was struck by a utility truck in Millcreek. According to the report, the woman was crossing 3300 South near 3000 East with another woman shortly after 6 p.m. when she was hit in the crosswalk by an eastbound Comcast utility truck.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal disclosed that the woman was taken by ambulance to University Hospital but died of her injuries before she reached the hospital.

The report also stated that officers had to shut down the eastbound lane to document and clean up the scene. According to Hoyal, the accident remained under investigation Monday night.

Pedestrian accidents had become a source of concern among parents and crosswalk users.  Statistics revealed that there is high probability of injury from being hit by a vehicle when you cross streets in the United States.  Safety tips for motorists and pedestrians are made available in order to help reduce the incidence of pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

In an article posted by Christensen & Hymas on the seven common pedestrian accidents, it was revealed that the primary cause of this type of accident is disobedience to traffic signals committed by a motorist. This includes running the red light and driving through the crosswalk without regarding pedestrians who might be crossing. Motorists need to always need to be aware of potential pedestrians while going through a crosswalk.  For everyone’s sake, both the driver and the pedestrian must be on aware of their surrounds while in crosswalks. To help motorist see pedestrians, it is recommended that they use flags or other visibility markers to avoid injuries or even fatality from crosswalk accidents.

Another article by Christensen & Hymas talks about the common risk factors for pedestrian accidents. These risk factors are alcohol consumption, age, place, time, weather and speed. Take time to read these resources and share them with your loves ones. Help raise the awareness of the continuing problem of pedestrian accidents.

Original article by McKenzie Romero of Deseret News

Image courtesy of Wikimedia.


Woman Responsible for the Toddler Hit and Run Case Finally Arrested

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

strollerThe 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 lawyers such as those working for Christensen & Hymas can greatly help grieving families and injured individuals get the compensation they deserve from the pain and suffering endured from the accident. Call us at (801)506-0800 for a free consultation.

Original article by Tiffany DeMasters of Fox13

Image courtesy of Josh Hallett

Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Ogden

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Downtown OgdenA 32 year woman identified as Tiffany Snitchler-Phipps was killed and a 25 year old man was injured Thursday night when they were struck by a Jeep Wrangler at a crosswalk in Ogden.

The accident happened around 6:46 at the intersection of Wall Ave. and Binford Street. According to the report, the Wrangler was traveling northbound in the inside lane when it struck the two pedestrians.

According to police authorities, the woman sustained serious head trauma and was transported to a local hospital, where she died shortly before midnight. The gentleman who was injured sustained foot and ankle injuries and was also transported to the hospital.

The recent high winds in Utah had rendered the traffic signals at the intersections of 23rd St. and Wall Ave. and 25th St. and Wall Avenue out of service. Alcohol, drugs and speeding were not considered as factors for this accident according to Police.

It was disclosed that the crosswalk has been the site of previous auto-pedestrian fatalities. Ogden police said the Utah Department of Transportation has recently been involved with creating a marked crosswalk and signs indicating a pedestrian crossing.

Police said the victims did not use the bright red flags at the crossing which were placed by the workers from St. Anne’s Center, a homeless shelter at the intersection.

The mother of Snitchler-Phipps hopes her daughter’s death will not be in vain and that it is going to spark changes to make crosswalk safer for pedestrians. Snitchler-Phipps is survived by two children, a 10-year-old son, and a 14-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy.

Christensen & Hymas supports advocacy for safer roads for all motorists and pedestrians. We believe that ensuring safety for everyone requires good planning and obedience to all traffic rules. Let us all cooperate to keep our love ones safe from harm. Do share the road and avoid distracted driving.

Original article by David Wells of Fox 13.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Pedestrian Hit by Truck at Logan Intersection

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Downtown loganA 34 year old man was struck by a white Ford Truck in a Logan intersection earlier this week. Witnesses reported the man was crossing 400 North at 200 East in a crosswalk when a truck going North on 200 East started to make a left turn to go west. Allegedly, the driver of the truck failed to see the man and hit him, according to the news release from the Logan Police Department.

Logan Police Department’s additional reported added that the man was knocked to the ground and appears to have suffered head trauma. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital in an ambulance and was later flown to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden.

His identity is withheld as police has not yet notified his family. Citations are still pending as the accident is being investigated by authorities.

Christensen & Hymas reminds motorists to be extra careful near intersections and cross walks .Do not forget to watch out for pedestrians. Avoid distracted driving and slow down as you approach intersections to avoid accidents. Pedestrians might suddenly appear and you will caught by surprise. They are no match for cars and injuries can be extensive and life threatening. Traumatic brain injury often results when someone is knocked forcefully and the head suffers some trauma.

Christensen & Hymas believes that anyone who has suffered injuries because of someone’s recklessness and negligence deserves to be compensated to get relief from the medical expense and rehabilitation costs. It is not easy to recover from injuries because of the financial aspects of the treatment and therapy. If you have questions about compensation claims call us at (801)-506-0800, we have competent personal injury lawyers who can walk you through all aspects of claim process.  Call us now for a free initial consultation.

Original article by Michael McFall of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Image of Downtown Logan courtesy of Wikimedia.

Mark Hoggard Killed in a Hit-and-Run Accident

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

untitled (7)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.

We encourage all motorists to be on the lookout for anything on the road. Avoid distraction and do not drive impaired so that you can give driving your total focus. Watch out for pedestrians and of people who might be coming out of their vehicle. We wish everyone safe days on the road and please observe traffic rules properly.

Original article by Mark Green of Fox 13

Image not of mentioned accident scene courtesy of Garrett