bicycle accidentIt was reported that Gale Harris, 55 years of age, was arrested by the police and booked in the Utah County Jail for allegedly hitting with her car a 10 year old boy riding a bike. This incident happened in Pleasant Grove.

She is also allegedly being investigated for several counts of various drug possession charges, including meth, oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as drunk driving.

The report added that Utah court records indicated that Harris has a history of DUI arrests dating back to the early 90’s. Her criminal history includes multiple convictions for drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Harris was said to be driving on 1100 North near 650 West about 3 p.m. of Monday. Police said she drifted off to the side of the road and hit Tyson Barton, who was riding his bicycle on the shoulder close to the sidewalk.

Tyson recalled hearing something and when he looked back, he saw the car right behind him. Tyson suffered a black eye and several scrapes and bruises but was discharged from the hospital about 11 a.m. Tuesday. The boy said that his bicycle absorbed most of the impact from Harris’ vehicle.

Tyson further stated that he got a fracture in one of the bones in his back, some bruises and road rash. He also described his face as “torn up pretty good.”

The report also disclosed that prescription pills and illegal drugs were found in Harris’ vehicle.

Gale Harris was reported to have refused a blood draw at the scene of the accident.

Christensen & Hymas is glad that Tyson Barton suffered only minor injuries and was discharged from the hospital in a short time. We encourage motorists not to drive drunk since people impaired by medications, alcohols, or drugs have a high risk for accidents.

Christensen & Hymas specializes in personal injury claims. Call us at (801)-506-0800 for a free initial consultation. We can help walk you through compensation claims for sustaining injuries and losing income because of somebody’s reckless driving behavior and negligence.

Original article by Pat Reavy of Deseret News.

Photo courtesy of Salim Virji.