58-year-old Karen Gallegos of Point of Rocks, Wyoming, was sentenced to prison on Monday, April 2, 2012 after causing a fatal rollover accident near Coalville, Utah back on May 5, 2011 that took the life of John Henrie. According to KSL News, Gallegos was found guilty of manslaughter for driving on the wrong side of I-80 while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, causing a fatal rollover accident, and then fleeing the scene. She received prison time of 15 years for manslaughter, up to 5 years for a DUI, and a year for leaving the scene of an accident.
The accident happened near Coalville, Utah where she began driving in westbound traffic while heading east. A westbound pickup truck had to swerve out of the way, and in doing so, went into the median, the driver over-corrected, and rolled his vehicle. John Henrie, a passenger, was ejected and passed away at the scene while three others received broken bones, scrapes and bruises. Gallegos witnessed the accident and claims she kept driving because she knew that there were other witnesses that would take care of her problem. When questioned, she told police that she had a couple of beers, smoked marijuana, drank vodka and took Zoloft before driving.
I offer my sincere condolences to the family of John Henrie for this senseless tragedy.
In this case there are several lawsuits that could be filed against this woman for her negligence. I would recommend that the families of these individuals consult with a wrongful death attorney to more fully understand what their options are.
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.