Truck Collides with Amtrak Train

ABC News 10 reported an Amtrak collision with a gravel dump truck on Friday, June 24th. According to their report, the accident happened at 11:25 am on US 95 approximately 70 miles east of Reno, NV. The Amtrak Train had traveled from Chicago through Salt Lake City, where it stopped and picked up passengers. The train was heading to Emeryville, California., according to the Amtrak spokeswoman in the ABC News 10 report. The Deseret News later reported that one of the passengers on the Amtrak train that had been killed in the crash was 34-year-old Cheuy Ong, of West Jordan, Utah.

The article in The Deseret News also stated that Alexandra Curtis of Evanston, Illinois, had filed a lawsuit in Washoe County District Court, alleging negligence in her injuries on the part of truck driver, who died in the crash, and his employer, John Davis Trucking Co. The investigation in regards to the collision is still ongoing.

While early reports indicated that this horrific collision only caused the loss of two lives, the death toll has risen to six. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victim’s families, friends and other loved ones during this time of loss. I hope those injured in this incident to have a speedy recovery. If early reports of the crossing gates and warning lights are true, then this horrific collision could have been easily avoided. Yet, the negligence of the dump truck driver by ignoring those warning lights and crossing gates caused not only a tremendous loss of life, but a great deal of unnecessary pain and suffering for families across the nation.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah truck accident attorney.

Another Child Hit and Killed by a Vehicle

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, on Wednesday, June 22, a 72-year-old man ran over 4-year-old Cole Mair at 9180 N. 2160 W. in Neola. The driver of the truck had stopped to speak to Cole’s mother as she walked down the side of the road. When he drove away, he didn’t see Cole as he rode his bike in front of the truck and ran over him. Cole was killed instantly.

How horrifying it must have been for this mother as she watched, helplessly, as her child was run over by a truck and be unable to save him. My prayers are with Cole’s family as they mourn his loss in this completely tragic accident.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah truck accident attorney.

Car vs Pedestrian Accident is Not Google’s Fault

Lauren Rosenberg’s personal injury lawsuit against Google was dismissed by Third District Judge Deno Himonas last month according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The case stemmed from an incident where Ms. Rosenberg used Google Maps to find a walking route in Park City between two addresses, but the road she was directed down had no sidewalks, resulting in her being hit by a car. She suffered multiple fractures and a concussion from the accident. This suit was originally filed in US District Court but was dismissed because it was “determined to be in the wrong jurisdiction.”

I’m very glad that Ms. Rosenberg is doing well after the accident. I’m also glad that this case was dismissed. Google is protected by the First Amendment and should not have been named in this case, just as Judge Himonas stated in his ruling. The lawsuit should have been solely against the driver of the vehicle that hit Ms. Rosenberg.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Two Young Children Killed in an Accident on S.R. 201

A multiple-vehicle accident on State Road 201 near 3400 West killed two children Saturday, June 25th around 4:00 pm. A vehicle traveling down SR 201 experienced a mechanical failure according to the Deseret News article and crashed into the concrete barrier. Traffic quickly began to slow down to accommodate the damaged vehicle. That’s when a Volkswagen Jetta changed lanes and a Toyota Tacoma hit it from behind. The two victims, both little girls, were only 1 and 2 years of age. They were transported to the hospital by medical helicopter where they later died. The accident is currently being reviewed by the Office of the District Attorney to see if criminal charges are warranted.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the parents of the two young children who lost their lives in this tragic and preventable accident.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Utah Man Dies in Tractor Trailer Crash in NC

A driver of a tractor trailer crashed near Lexington, NC, on Thursday, June 23rd, and died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center according to a report by My Fox 8. The driver of the truck was Shane Thomas Allen of Harrisville, Utah.

According to the report, an official with the Lexington Police Department stated the truck was traveling down Highway 64 when a load of paper shifted. This caused the truck to overturn. Mr. Allen was thrown from the truck and then pinned underneath. Officials also believe that speed could have been a factor in the crash.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation immediately repaired the 180 feet of guardrail that was damaged in the accident.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Allen Family during this time of mourning. It is always hard to lose someone that you love in such a tragic way. And I’m sure that it is even more difficult given the distance in between the loss and the family.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation.

A 7 Car Pileup on I-215 Leaves 3 Injured

According to a recent ABC 4 News report, on Tuesday, June 28th, there was a seven car pile-up on I-215, which resulted in three people being taken to the hospital. The accident happened in the northbound lanes of I-215 at 1800 North at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon and left traffic snarled throughout rush-hour.

The accident occurred when traffic had slowed from freeway speeds to a near halt and the driver of a Dodge pickup truck continued driving at freeway speeds. The truck slammed into a car and triggered the chain reaction crash. In all, there were 12 passengers involved and only three victims taken to the hospital, one in critical condition. The report also states that UHP will be looking into whether or not drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.

With the magnitude of this accident, I’m very happy that there were only a few injuries. However, my thoughts and prayers are with those that were injured, especially the victim that was airlifted in critical condition. This accident could have been prevented if one driver had been more careful while driving. Because of one careless act there are seven damaged vehicles and 12 people involved, which include the three injured victims.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

Gabriel Perez-Guiterez Charged for Death of West Jordan EMT

As reported by The Salt Lake Tribune, Gabriel Perez-Guiterez of Salt Lake City was charged with homicide on Wednesday, June 29th in the Third District Court, for allegedly ramming his car into several stopped vehicles around 6 am at a Taylorsville intersection while drunk. This accident resulted in the death of Jonathan Bowers, a West Jordan EMT with GoldCross Ambulance.

Court documents state that Perez-Guiterez was driving approximately 75 mph in a 40-mph zone and had  a blood alcohol content of .11, with traces of marijuana in his system. Currently Perez-Guiterez is being charged with second-degree felony criminal homicide, third-degree felony leaving the scene of an accident, two class A misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, a misdemeanor charge of driving with a measurable amount of marijuana in his system, driving on a suspended license and speeding.

My deepest condolences go out to Jonathan Bowers’ family. This tragic and senseless accident took the life of a young man who had dedicated his life to saving the lives of strangers. His career as an EMT was cut short by the carelessness of Perez-Guiterez.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah wrongful death attorney.

Wrongful Death Suit Over Fraternity Hazing Death at Cornell University

According to The New York Times, the mother of a 19-year-old Cornell University sophomore who died after drinking too much at a fraternity house has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the fraternity. The lawsuit alleges that when George Desdunes joined a chapter of Sigma Alpha Epislon at Cornell University, he was kidnapped in the early morning by fraternity pledges who bound his wrists and ankles with zip ties and duct tape, then forced him to drink until he passed out.

At autopsy, Mr. Desdunes had a blood-alcohol level of 0.409 percent, which is five-times the legal limit for driving in New York, the article stated. Since the incident Cornell University has withdraw the recognition of the fraternity and the chapter was suspended by the fraternity’s national headquarters.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mr. Desdunes during this difficult time. It is always trying to lose a child and when a death could have been prevented, as it could have been in this case, it is often harder. While Cornell University and the Sigma Alpha Epislon national headquarters are taking steps by not only closing the fraternity by suspending it, it won’t ease the pain for the loved ones of Mr. Desdunes.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah wrongful death attorney.

Woman Dies in Four-Car Crash Due to Suspected Drunk Driver

According to reports by the Greenfield Reporter of Greenfield, Indiana, and 2News in Salt Lake, a 27-year-old female died in a four-car crash at 5400 South and 2700 West on June 30th. Both reports state that a 35-year-old man, driving a silver Hyundai, veered off 5400 South and crashed into another car, starting the chain-reaction crash. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The female victim was in one the last cars hit in the accident and died on scene due to her injuries.

Traffic was blocked at 5400 South in both directions and 2700 West was only opened in the southbound lane. This caused traffic to back up for hours.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the victim in this accident. Not only could her death have been prevented if this man had not been driving erratically, but also if he had not been under the influence of alcohol.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.

4-year-old Boy is Critically Injured in front of Herriman Elementary

According to a Desert News article,  4-year-old boy was critically injured at about 8:40 a.m. in front of Herriman Elementary School, 13170 S. 6000 W. when he exited his mother’s vehicle and walked into the street. It was estimated that the SUV that hit the boy was traveling between 25 and 30 mph, which caused abdomen and pelvis injuries. He was flown to Primary Children’s Medical Center in serious but stable condition.

Hopefully this little boy will be able to quickly recover from the injuries he sustained from this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are with him for a speedy recovery and with his family during this trying time.

Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-601-1229 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.