In what appears to be an accident that possibly could have been avoided multiple times, Eric Peterson and his girlfriend were struck in their vehicle by a purported drunk driver while sitting at a red light Sunday morning. Peterson is now in a coma on life support, having suffered extensive brain damage and other injuries in the crash. His girlfriend, Baylee King, has since been released from the hospital.
FOX13 reports the perpetrator, Ryan Cooke, stole a police vehicle and was being pursued by the police in a high-speed chase when he struck Peterson and King. Thus actions by both Cooke and the police appear to have contributed to the accident. Cooke’s actions are certainly not justifiable, and he will be prosecuted for such; those of the police, on the other hand, are debatable.
Peterson’s family is now seeking to hold South Salt Lake Police responsible for the accident. “There needs to be a change in chase laws,” said Michael Peterson, Eric’s father. “The criminal was forced into this as far as trying to get away and innocent people were hurt.”
While there are multiple investigations and pending reports related to this accident, one thing is for sure: compensation is entitled to pay for Eric Peterson’s current and future medical costs, as well as pain and suffering. Once liability is determined, this may be pursued. A Utah drunk driving accident attorney, which falls under personal injury law, at Christensen & Hymas will ensure that proper and fair compensation is achieved. In such cases, reparation for the wrongs done is a right, no matter what the insurance companies may say. Call us today for a free consultation at (801) 506-0800.