Archive for the ‘Personal Injury’ Category

Suspect Flees After Crash on I-215

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

wvc carAt approximately 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday the 21st, a woman allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle causing it to roll over before fleeing into the night. The crash took place on I-215 near 235 West in Murray. According to KSL news, the suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Marcy Riley of Cottonwood Heights. There were no reported witnesses to the incident.

Many details of the circumstances leading up to the incident are, as of now, unknown or unreleased. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce has stated that the cause of the crash has yet to be determined and there were no reported injuries.

Although it is uncertain how she lost control of the vehicle, information gathered during an investigation by WVCPD and UHP indicates that Riley fled north on foot before getting a ride to a TRAX station from an acquaintance.  The car involved was reported stolen earlier that day by the suspect’s ex-boyfriend, whose identity has not been made public.

The suspect has, thus far, eluded a joint investigation by UHP and WVCPD, and remains at large. There is an active warrant for Riley’s arrest on drug-related charges, and additional charges are expected to be filed in the near future. West Valley City Police have recently been the subject of intense scrutiny after a wrongful death suit and a nine month investigation that led DA Sim Gill to decide that the killing was, in fact, unjustified. A criminal inquiry in this case is still in progress. Cases filed against this police department have caused controversy more recently, and their operations are—now, more than ever—under the careful watch of the public eye.

Police are asking anyone with information about Riley or her whereabouts to call 801-887-3800.

Christensen and Hymas would like to remind all of our readers to never drive under the influence and be careful on the highways at night. If you or a loved one has been wrongfully harmed, even at the hands of an authority figure, then you have a right to seek justice.


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E. Coli Problem Prompts Pre-Packaged Salad Sandwich Recall

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Trader Joes grocery storeA California catering company identified by the report as Richmond-based Glass Onion Catering is recalling approximately 181,620 pounds of salads and sandwich wraps containing cooked chicken and ham. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service claimed this recall was prompted by reported problems associated with E. coli contamination.

The products were allegedly recalled after 26 people in three states were sickened by a bacterial strain of E. coli linked to this product.

The report added that the products were produced between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6, and were shipped to distribution centers in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Texas. The Contra Costa Times reports the company supplies food to Trader Joe’s, Super Fresh Goods, and Delish.

The report added that E. coli bacteria can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps two to eight days after being exposed to it. It was disclosed also that while most people recover within a week, some develop kidney failure.

For Utah, it was reported  that as of Monday, officials say that only one salad at Trader Joe’s in Utah was affected by the E. coli recall. According to Trader Joe’s officials, the only salad was the Trader Jose’s Mexicali Salad. Moreover, no other sandwiches or wraps from the Utah location were affected according to Trader Joe’s Spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki.

For more information on the product recall and list of products, visit the Food and Drug Administration website.

Christensen & Hymas hopes this recall is timely and that few people are affected. Visit the FDA website regularly for updates and information on product recalls. Being updated on such information can help people avoid harm and health problem, such as these.

Christensen & Hymas  is here to help if you have sustained injuries because of someone’s recklessness or negligence, call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free consultation. You deserve to be compensated and we can help you with your compensation claim.

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TRAX Operator and Two Passengers Injured in Collision

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Train CrashUtah Transit Authority officials and police responded to an accident in which a TRAX train full of passengers collided with an empty TRAX train car at 8000 South near State Street. The report disclosed that a TRAX operator and two passengers were injured when the train collided with an empty light-rail car that became disconnected from another train and was left on the tracks.

An Utah Transit Authority spokesman Remi Barron, reported the abandoned car became detached from an empty northbound train that was headed back to the yard for the night. All of its lights were out, and the operator nor control realized anything had been left behind.

The operator driving the second train spotted the stranded TRAX car but was unable to stop in time. Three people sustained minor injuries and were transported to area hospital.

Barron confirmed the crash had occurred about 9 p.m. near 8100 South and 100 East. Barron said that it was unclear how long the car was sitting on the tracks before it was hit. It was believed that the operator may not have even been aware of the problem despite the fact that TRAX trains usually travel about 15 minutes apart.

Unified Police Department stated that the accident remains a UTA issue since no automobiles were involved in the accident.

Christensen & Hymas hopes for the quick recovery of those injured in this collision. We would like to encourage everyone to be extra careful in public transportation facilities and in the workplace. Your attention to details and vigilance can help other people in avoiding harm or injury.

Christensen & Hymas believes that anyone who has suffered needlessly because of someone’s recklessness and negligence deserves to be compensated. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. Let our dedicated personal injury lawyers help you process the claim properly.

Original article and image by McKenzie Romero, Deseret News.

BB Gun Rampage Causes Severe Damage

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

broken windowsCurtis G. Ellefsen,and Ricardo David Vega were issued criminal charges Monday, after they went on a BB Gun rampage, shooting out windows in homes and automobiles in the Salt Lake City valley earlier this year.

More than twenty homes and cars were shot in a twenty square mile radius in Kearns, West Valley, and West Jordan affecting hundreds of individuals. Originally, police were having a difficult time tracking the two but were able to apprehend them after an officer  recognized the description provided by the courts.  Upon getting permission to search the car, authorities found BB guns and several jars of BB’s in the back. Both individuals were immediately taken into custody and questioned for property damage.

Both Ellefsen and Vega told the police they did not have anything to do and went out to “have some fun.” Their primary motive was to shoot out some windows of an individual they did not like.  When they could not find the individuals house they started shooting at the surrounding area including houses and cars- parked in driveways and on the street.

Upon, further questioning; Ellefsen also confessed to shooting nearly 50 vehicles in Magna with some other friends earlier in the year.  Police arrested these four individuals, all of which were juveniles.

Damages to the windows were quite expensive, ranging from a couple hundred of dollars to a couple thousand per window.

The court officially charged the individuals with 21 counts of criminal mischief, one second degree felony, 10 third-degree felonies, and 10 class A misdemeanors.

This particular story is quite scary because of the sheer recklessness of the individuals involved. Christensen & Hymas advocates all individuals to be safe and use prudent judgment both in their everyday lives and their interactions with those around them.  Negligence can cause significant damages to other individuals and even cause severe damages to other people’s lives.

Image and article courtesy of KSL.

Construction Worker Hurt in Collapsed Trench Accident

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Trench rescueA man identified as an employee of Whipple Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning was reported to be hurt in a collapsed trench accident. The report indicated that the man was digging a trench in front of a Lehi home for a sewer repair job around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The report stated that the man finished the task using a back hoe and had secured the side walls of the trench before climbing down to inspect the sewer line.

David Faltsman of Whipple disclosed that a piece of shoring collapsed and failed. The worker then was pinned between two boards and dirt came down over him.

The report said that the construction worker was buried up to his shoulders but was conscious and breathing. Rescue crew arrived on the scene twenty five minutes after and decided to call in Utah County Search and Rescue team to help extricate the man.

The team secured the trench using 5 to 7 strong backs – large boards inserted in the trench. This was to keep it from collapsing and then they used adjustable metal stabilizers to hold the boards in place along the side.

The man was freed from the trench around 10:45 a.m. according to the report. He was airlifted by medical helicopter to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center with severe crush injuries to his lower body. Faltsman said that the rescued worker was in pain, but was coherent when he was taken from the scene.

The man was in his mid-thirties and was not identified. David Faltsman said he was with the company for less than a year but has several years of experience in the industry. Faltsman added that they will finish the sewer work once the federal agency OSHA has cleared the scene for safety.

Christensen & Hymas encourages all workers to be safe in the workplace. We hope for the quick recovery of the injured worker.

Original article by Cathy Allred of Daily Herald

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2 Salt Lake Buildings Evacuated Due to Tipped Crane

Monday, October 21st, 2013

CraneA crane was thrown off balance causing it to tip into not one, but two buildings forcing both of the building to be evacuated. The tipped crane also spilled fuel, forcing the occupants of the building and nearby apartment complex to be evacuated for safety reasons.

Jasey Asay of the Salt Lake City Fire Department explained in the report, the crane was used to install air conditioning units on the roof when gravity took its toll, tipping the crane into the apartment complex.

Asay also disclosed the crane was working near 120 South and 300 East just after 1 p.m. when it tipped over, forcing the Global Consulting International business to be evacuated.

Hazmat crews arrived at the scene and were able to clean up 20 gallons of fuel that spilled out of the crane.

A second crane was requested to pull the off-balance crane upright again.

The building was initially inspected for structural damage.  Minimal was found and crews remarked the buildings were still structurally sound.

Christensen & Hymas is thankful the accident did not result in anyone being seriously injured. However, this incident illustrates that accidents are just lurking around the corner. We encourage everyone to observe safety precautions always.

Christensen & Hymas advocates safety. There are various resources available in the website including a free a copy of e-books that you can share with family and friends.

Christensen & Hymas also advocates just compensation for anyone who has suffered from the reckless behavior and negligence of other people. If you or someone you know has been injured by someone’s recklessness, call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. We have experienced lawyers ready to give you legal guidance as well as committed service to give you the financial relief needed to recover from the sustained injuries.

Original article by McKenzie Romero of

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Motorcycles Ride for Fighterfighters

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

firefighterThousands  of riders flooded Ogden streets Saturday to support the creation of the National Firefighter Memorial.

This was the 10th annual ride on behalf of the memorial. The memorial looks to support the firefighters who leave their families, their warm beds, and personal endeavors to protect and help those who need services.  While the event participants also paid their respects to the firefighters who have lost their lives, many were also in attendance to raise money for what they hope to create in the near future, a national memorial in Ogden.

Creator of the ride and memorial concept, Mike Leatham has worked diligently to put together this extensive project which consists of more than 12,000 names and 5,000 bricks sold at $100 dollars to support the memorial.  The project has yet to be finished, but it was enough for all those in support to take a moment to recognize these great figures within out society, both alive and passed on. Several police departments and their motorcyclists came out to support, along with the traditional  fire engines; citing the bond between the police departments and the fire stations as one, only understandable to those within the service.

Other motorcycle enthusiasts also turned out to support the cause, forcing several popular streets to be shut down. Motorcycles these days seem to play a more active role in participation on our roadways. As more people become addicted to the wind in your hair feel over their four wheeled monstrosities; a reason why organized rides have become more popular in the recent years. Along with these organized rides, comes the conscious effort for safety, as motorcycles are also representing a larger percent of accidents on the road.  Cars seem to fail to see these vehicles, causing severe harm and disarray to both riders in many instances.

If you have been harmed while on your motorcycle, or in some other aspect, we at Christensen and Hymas, want to provide you with the services to remedy this disarray in a respectful and confidential manner.

We also, would like to pay our respects to our firefighters. We honor and respect the wonderful service they provide us each and every day.

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Margarita Elena Franco Charged in Intentional Car Hitting Case

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

pedestrian hit by carIt was reported that Margarita Elena Franco was charged in 7th District Court with three counts of aggravated assault and a third-degree felony. She was also charged with one count of failure to remain at the scene of an accident with injuries which is a class A misdemeanor. According to the report, Franco, 57, is accused of intentionally hitting a neighbor with her car while the woman was walking on July 15 and Aug. 3.

Carbon County Sheriff’s Lt. Tory Christiansen said that at about 7 a.m. of July 15 Franco was driving in the Spring Glen area when she swerved at a neighbor who was out for her morning walk. Allegedly, Franco hit the neighbor with her car and drove away. Authorities were not able to locate Franco and were said to be processing a warrant for her arrest when she hit the woman again on August 3.

Authorities said that the woman suffered a bad cut on her knee. It was also learned that after hitting the woman, Franco put her car in reverse in an apparent attempt to back her over. Allegedly, she then circled around and drove toward the injured woman again before driving away.

The injured woman was taken to Castleview Hospital for treatment. Franco was found and arrested later that day by deputies.

It was revealed by court records that Franco sought civil stalking injunctions against 10 people on March 26. A judge denied all of those petitions. On Tuesday, however, a judge granted a temporary stalking injunction against Franco to the woman she is accused of hitting and the woman’s husband.

At present, Franco remains in the Carbon County Jail.

FIX ME RIGHT NOW PLEASEChristensen & Hymas reminds everybody that there is a consequence if you intentionally injur others especially if a vehicle is used in the incident.

If anyone has suffered injuries because of someone’s recklessness or negligence, he/she may be entitled to compensation. Call Christensen & Hymas at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. We can help you process your claims.

Original article by Geoff Liesik of Deseret News.

Photo courtesy of Ulrich Steinlechner.

Payson Road Mishap Involving 7 vehicles Injured 6

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Accident A road accident in Payson involving 7 vehicles was reported Monday afternoon. Three people were listed in critical condition and another in serious condition. According to Utah Highway Patrol officials there was heavy traffic on the road because of on-going construction in the area. The reported accident occurred in the number one lane as a car occupying the number two lane swerved to avoid another vehicle. The sudden change of lane resulted in a domino effect with 7 cars.

Three people were critically injured, one seriously injured, and two had minor injuries. All of the people involved in the crash were wearing their seat belts.

This is one of several serious car accidents to occur during Memorial Day weekend. Utah Highway Patrol officials refer to the time between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day as the “100 Deadliest Days” because of the number of severe wrecks. The months of June to August are marked with an increase in road traffic as a result of increased summer activities. Most people will be in a state of excitement and may be eager to arrive to their destination on time, thereby increasing the incidence of car crashes.

Swerving is a driving act that usually catches other motorists by surprise. This usually happens in a blink of an eye and not everyone on the road can make good decisions in seconds.

We hope for the fast recovery of the victims of this accident. We at Christensen & Hymas encourage everyone to be safe on the road. Always adhere to safe driving practices and share the road. If you have concerns regarding road accidents and reckless drivers, call us at (801)506-0800, we have expert lawyers to help you.

Original article by Mark Green from Fox 13 News.

Photo not of incident and is courtesy of Lokesh Dhakar.

Woman Falls 15 Feet In Climbing Accident

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Mountain ClimbingA woman fell 15 feet in a rock climbing accident in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Monday, according to KSL. The woman, a Southern Utah University student, was rock climbing with some friends when the belay rope slipped and she fell 15 feet. Her brother was able to call 911 and the woman was rescued with a high liner. Nearly 2 hours later she was transported to the hospital via ambulance.

The woman fell on her side and complained of back pain, but fortunately didn’t suffer any serious injuries. Ryan Jones, the woman’s brother, says that he thinks the rope was too short for the climb. He says his sister, who is an experienced climber, is excited to climb again, and will be sure to use a longer rope next time.

A study done by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital showed a 63% increase in climber related injuries treated in emergency rooms from 1990 to 2007. Also, the study says that “patients who were injured after falling from a height over 20 feet were 10 times more likely to be hospitalized than patients who were injured falling from 20 feet or lower.”

Mountain climbing can be a dangerous sport, as indicated by this study. We at Christensen & Hymas are grateful that the woman’s injuries were not critical. If you have been seriously injured in a mountain climbing accident due to someone else’s negligence, please call our law firm at (801) 506-0800 . We specialize in fall related personal injuries, and can help you seek the compensation you may be entitled to.

Photo courtesy of Paul Carroll.