A crash in Salt Lake City, Utah took the life of 25-year-old Michael Peterson and injured 4 others on March 23, 2010. This fatal Utah auto accident happened around 1:45 a.m. on South Temple. Police say they believe alcohol was involved. According to the KSL news, the 26-year-old driver of a black Honda Passport was driving under the influence of alcohol when he hit a silver Volkswagen Passat, killing Michael Peterson of Sandy, Utah. According to the Salt Lake City Police Department, the driver of the black Honda ran a red light at the intersection of E Street and South Temple and hit Mr. Peterson’s driver-side door. Peterson was turning east and was hit just as he entered the middle of the intersection. Witnesses at the intersection say the light was red when the black Honda pulled out and hit the Volkswagen.
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Police say the force was so great that Peterson was most certainly killed on impact. His 29-year-old passenger was taken to the hospital with major chest, spine and pelvis injuries. The two passengers in the black Honda were also transported to the hospital in critical condition. The driver of the Honda was able to originally walk away from the accident but was later taken to the hospital with internal injuries.
My heart goes out to Mr. Peterson’s family for their tragic loss. I offer my sincere condolences to the Peterson family. I also wish the other parties a speedy recovery.
The initial reports indicate that the crash was so violent police had a difficult time figuring out which direction the cars were going. This indicates Honda was probably traveling at a high rate of speed. Sadly, 20% of Utah fatal car accidents are alcohol related. The driver of Honda will be charged with a felony DUI and will most likely be found liable for this accident.
I recommend that the parties involved in this accident hire an experienced Salt Lake City, Utah personal injury attorney who will help them get the compensation they deserve.
Ron Kramer is a Utah personal injury and accident lawyer practicing throughout the state. Call the Kramer Law Group today at 801-666-3959 for a free consultation if you are in need of a Utah car accident attorney.