FrontRunner Shut Down After Fatal Accident Kills Pedestrian

A fatal accident involving the UTA TRAX FrontRunner and a pedestrian shut down the FrontRunner service in Clearfield. A spokesperson from Utah Transit Authority confirmed that a pedestrian was stuck while walking on the tracks near the Clearfield station of 250 West and 700 South around 7 am Thursday morning of April 22, 2010. The Trax services were suspended for several hours.

A teenage boy apparently crawled under a fence near the tracks near the viaduct. There are no pedestrian crossing areas at this point in the TRAX route where the train travels at speeds close to 79 miles per hour. The teen was killed instantly upon impact.

Newly Available Facts

New facts are available in the horrific UTA TRAX accident that killed a teenage boy early Thursday morning of April 22, 2010. According to KSL news, the teenage victim is 14 year old J.J. Reyes. The young victim lived less than a mile from the scene of the accident. He reportedly is a 9th grade student at North Davis Junior High School. Fellow students and teachers at the Junior High remark that the late J.J. Reyes was a compassionate, fun and friendly young man.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and those who knew and loved the late J.J. Reyes. From the balloons and handwritten notes left at the fatal train accident scene, it already apparent that this young man will be missed. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they go through the difficult process of losing someone they love in such a sudden and violent manner.

How to Proceed with a Wrongful Death Case

The healing process of losing a loved one due to the negligent behavior of another person or entity is a long and difficult emotional journey. The last thing you want to consider is working with cold insurance adjusters and researching Utah wrongful death law. However, the Utah statute of limitations limits the time available for you and your family to make a wrongful death claim.  Many Utah accident victims and survivors make rash decisions because they are understandably overwhelmed by the emotional predicament they find themselves suddenly thrown into. Many later regret their decisions as they lose out on benefits and rights.

While we cannot bring your loved one back, we can help guide you through this difficult process and provide you the sense of comfort and security that comes with knowing that your legal interests are being respected and upheld. To schedule a FREE no obligation consultation with Attorney Ken Christensen of the Christensen Law Firm, please call 801.506.0800. This consultation provides you with an opportunity to have all your legal and insurance questions answered by a skilled Utah personal injury attorney.