Man Still in Recovery After Frontrunner Incident

2 weeks after being struck by a train, little improvement Getting off the train en route to his job in Roy, Utah, Alex Saurez was hit by a Frontrunner train travelling in the opposite direction. For the past two weeks, Saurez has remained at Mckay Dee Hospital as doctors address his injuries. KSL’s Alex Cabrero reported earlier this week that “Doctors were able to repair most of the physical injuries, but they are still worried about brain damage that may have occurred.” Saurez’s brother-in-law Sergio Pio, said “We’ve been on a roller coaster ride every single day, he has a broken leg, the knee, broken arm. They removed his spleen and eight ribs.” However, Saurez’s injuries don’t stop there. Pio continued, “After they went deeper, they found it was more injury than was supposed to be on the brain.” The circumstances leading to the incident are still under investigation. It is unknown if Saurez was distracted, in a rush to get to work, or otherwise unable to move out of the way of the oncoming train. The extent of  the brain damage that Suarez has sustained is unknown, likewise it is uncertain when he will regain consciousness. Sergio Pio, who has checked in with him nearly every day for the two weeks he has been in the hospital, told KSL that it may take anywhere from a couple of days to a year for Suarez to wake up.  Unfortunately his health insurance ran out two days before  the incident; as Suarez’s wife and four children wait for him to recover, the “Alex and Gabriela Suarez Family Fund” has been...
Kendra Gill and 3 others Face Felony Charges

Kendra Gill and 3 others Face Felony Charges

The ABC4’s eport says four teenagers, including the newly crowned Miss Riverton, were arrested and are facing serious felony charges for allegedly throwing incendiary devices at people and houses. The Unified Fire Authority was alerted by numerous calls late Friday night about loud explosions. Investigators found out that those explosions were from chemical reaction bombs made from household items. According to the report, the four teenagers were allegedly responsible for the explosions. The report further stated that Kendra Gill, Miss Riverton 2013, Shanna Smith, Bryce Stone and John Reagh were arrested on ten class one felony charges Saturday morning. Captain Clint Mecham of the Unified Fire Authority disclosed that there were about ten separate incidents Friday night into Saturday morning, but no one was reported injured. He added that the devices causing the explosion can damage property and can also maim and kill individuals if they come in close proximity to them. Apparently these arrested individuals were throwing them at various people and property throughout Riverton said Captain Mecham. The case has been turned over to the district attorney’s office for review. In addition, Gill could face further consequences. Gretchen Jensen, host of Good Things Utah and former Miss USA, stated as opinion that Gill should not keep her title since she is not a good role model. Beauty titlists are considered Ambassadors of Goodwill and expected to demonstrate ideal behavior. FIX ME RIGHT NOW PLEASEChristensen & Hymas is thankful that nobody was injured by the incident. Reckless behavior has consequences and some people must learn the lessons the hard way. We need to be extra careful and mindful...
Justin Archer Allegedly Led Police in High Speed Chase

Justin Archer Allegedly Led Police in High Speed Chase

A news report featured a story regarding a young man who led police authorities in a high speed chase. The incident happened just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night. According to the article, a Unified police officer spotted a Camaro leaving a gas station at 5600 S. Redwood Road at a high rate of speed, cross three lanes of traffic and run a red light. Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal in an interview disclosed that the driver did not stop when the officer attempted to pull him over and continued onto I-215. While on the freeway, several items were thrown out of the vehicle’s window, including what appeared to the officer to be a gun. As of Thursday, the gun was not recovered. This behavior made the police officer believe that the young man had committed an armed robbery at the gas station, prompting him to continue his chase. The report stated that the driver exited the freeway near 3500 South, stopped his vehicle on a nearby residential street, got out and ran. Detectives found two women, ages 20 and 29, remaining in the vehicle. Hoyal said the relationship between the women and the driver was not known. Court records show Archer was charged in three separate felony cases in 2012, pleading guilty to felonies in two of them and an amended misdemeanor charge in the third. Police authorities said the convenience store was not robbed. Christensen & Hymas is glad that the reckless behavior of Justin Archer did not result in an injury to himself and to his companions. It is also very fortunate that no motorists or pedestrians...
Shaun Hart Successfully Rescued from Mt. Olympus

Shaun Hart Successfully Rescued from Mt. Olympus

Shaun Hart of Salt Lake City was injured when a loose boulder fell and hit him in the leg. The injury prevented him from hiking down the mountain. The 23-year-old experienced hiker and climber had all the essentials with him as preparation for any untoward accident during the hike. Authorities disclosed that he had plenty of water, a cell phone, appropriate gear and a hiking partner. According to the report, he was hiking with his friend Greg from Washington State on Mt. Olympus’ west slab trail on Tuesday. Hart’s family called 911 around 6:30 p.m. The search and rescue team ascended the mountain to retrieve Hart and by 11:00 p.m., Hart was able to walk down the trail from the mountain with the aid of a walking stick and the rescue crew by his side. Hart was reported to be happy to be off the mountain and reunited with his family. He did not give details regarding his injury and just stated that his entire leg was hurt. Hiking is a popular activity this summer and Christensen & Hymas reminds all hiking enthusiasts to adhere to the basics of hiking. This includes not going for a hike alone and wearing appropriate clothing. Always bring a cell phone, plenty of water and inform family members where you plan to hike and what time you should be expected home. It is also good to require your family members to contact authorities in case you failed to come back at the estimated or agreed time. Adherence to these basic hiking tips spells the difference between life and death. If you have suffered an...
Courtney Osbourn and 3 teenage friends hospitalized

Courtney Osbourn and 3 teenage friends hospitalized

Courtney Osbourn, a 13 year old form Payson, and three friends were crossing a dark rural street on Saturday when they were hit by a car driven by a fellow teenager. Courtney remains in critical condition while her friend Jared Filmore is also being held at Primary Children’s Hospital for further observation of head trauma. The other teens, Shanece Reynolds and Hailey Burr, were released yesterday after their leg injuries were attended to. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 59% of all fatal car crashes for teens occur on the weekend. Though figures for teenage accidents like these typically involve drug or alcohol abuses, in this incident none of the kids were under the influence. We at Christensen & Haymas extend our sympathies to these teens and we wish them a speedy recovery. We urge those involved in this incident and others like it to call us at (801) 506-0800 for a free case consultation.   This story was originally published by the Deseret News Image courtesy of...
Too Close for Comfort!

Too Close for Comfort!

A pick-up truck in Salt Lake City this weekend nearly crashed into an approaching TRAX train.  Due to icy conditions Friday morning, there was almost a very serious accident. The large vehicle hit black ice, jumped over a curb, and ended up on the train tracks. Luckily, the train conductor saw the truck and was able to stop the train a couple of hundred feet before colliding with the pick-up. Incredibly, no one was hurt, but the TRAX line was delayed. This all happened before 8:00 am near 3070 S. 2200 W, as the snow storm hit Salt Lake, right in time for the morning commute. Many motorists experienced traffic and a slow, slippery route to work. In Weber, Davis and Salt Lake counties, multiple slid-offs occurred, KSL Traffic Center reported 14 accidents on Salt Lake Valley surface streets in the half hour between 7:30 am and 8:00 am. Emergency crews had to deal with several serious spin-off and crashes. The Salt Lake International Airport received 2 inches of snow just Friday morning. The National Weather Service reported this time last year, the airport had received a cumulative amount of 15.9 inches of snow since October 1st. This year, there has been 60 inches. If you have been in an accident because of bad weather, or someone’s neglectful driving in bad weather, you may need an attorney. Utah Accident Attorneys at Christensen & Hymas offer a FREE Utah Accident Handbook, to help any provide information to any Utah citizen. Click HERE for your free copy, and help protect yourself from legal pitfalls that come with accidents.   Image courtesy...