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...

Intentional Auto-Pedestrian Accident Leaves Pedestrian in Critical Condition

An 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...

West Valley Man Fatally Injured in Auto-Pedestrian Accident

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  Photo from...

Pedestrian Hit and Killed on University Avenue in Provo

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...

Nina Gailey Dies from Injuries from Pedestrian Accident

News 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....

Linda Olson Killed in Pedestrian Accident

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...