Pita Kapetaua, 18 years old and Nelson Leituala, 25 years old, both from West Valley City, Utah, died from injuries suffered when the car they were in rear-ended a parked UTA bus on March 13, 2011, at around 10:45 a.m. According to KSL News, Pita Kapetaua was driving down Redwood Road at about 3750 South when for some reason, he lost control of his car, perhaps hitting a curb, and struck the back of the bus.
Video Courtesy of KSL.com.
Police estimate that their car may have been going as fast as 100 mph when the impact occurred. Police also say they found empty bear cans around the vehicle after the crash and suspect that alcohol may have been involved. The bus had stopped to let passengers off at the time the crash happened. No passengers were on the bus at the time and the bus driver was not injured.
I send my condolences to the families of these two men for this tragic loss.
Legally speaking, the family of passenger Nelson Leituala most likely have a wrongful death claim against the insurance company for the driver of the vehicle. Under-insured insurance coverage may also be available in this case. If the family is so inclined, I would recommend that they talk to a West Valley personal injury/accident attorney to find out what coverages might be available in this case.
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.