Suspect Flees After Crash on I-215

Suspect Flees After Crash on I-215

At 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...

E. Coli Problem Prompts Pre-Packaged Salad Sandwich Recall

A 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...

TRAX Operator and Two Passengers Injured in Collision

Utah 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...

BB Gun Rampage Causes Severe Damage

Curtis 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....

Construction Worker Hurt in Collapsed Trench Accident

A 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...

2 Salt Lake Buildings Evacuated Due to Tipped Crane

A 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...