Utah Woman Charged with DUI and Hit and Run with Injury
Police confirmed today that the woman who allegedly caused multiple car accidents downtown on Thursday was in fact driving under the influence of alcohol.
On Thursday morning, January 21, 2010, Ms. Elfida-Eschler rear ended a vehicle, and then she fled the scene in her truck, and was finally stopped two blocks later after she hit a second vehicle. Ms. Elfida-Eschler then got out of her truck and attempted to leave the scene on foot. However, witnesses were able to keep an eye on this obviously disoriented woman until law enforcement officials arrived. Ms. Elfida-Eschler was arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit and run involving injury charges.
Unfortunately, the victims in the two other vehicles were sustained injuries. The second vehicle hit by Ms. Elfida-Eschler was pushed into oncoming traffic which resulted in another Utah car accident. Traffic was backed up along 300 West and 600 South.
I hope that the victims in these tragic Utah DUI car accidents make a quick and full recovery. It would be wise for them to contact a Salt Lake personal injury attorney to ensure that Ms. Elfida-Eschler, and other motorists who drive drunk, are held responsible for their reckless behavior.
3rd DUI Arrest in Utah this Week
Utah has a long tradition of being the state with the least number of DUI arrests and DUI fatalities to any other state in the nation. It’s surprising then to have several reported DUI arrests in Utah during the first two weeks of 2010. As you may recall, former Utah Senator Majority leader Sheldon Killpack-R of Syracuse was pulled over a week ago for drunk driving. Previously, an ATV driver in Salem, Utah, was arrested for crashing his all-terrain vehicle, fleeing the scene, and being under the influence of alcohol. And now Ms. Elfida-Eschler is arrested for drunk driving on Utah Roads.
Vegas Man Pleads Guilty for DUI and Causing Death
Tragically, often times the victims of alcohol-related accidents are innocent bystanders. On January 8, 2010, Deseret News reported that the Las Vegas man pled guilty to killing a Utah athlete in a DUI car accident in October of 2009. 33 year-old Jeremy Kunz of Kamas, Utah, was participating in the Ragnar Relay run in Nevada when Mr. Salayisch, who was driving drunk, hit and killed Mr. Kunz. Mr. Salayisch then left the runner in the road and fled the scene. This unfortunate pedestrian verses automobile accident is a reminder of the catastrophic costs of a driving under the influence of alcohol.
According to Utah law, the victims of alcohol related motor vehicle accidents have several legal options and resources available to them. Talking to an experienced Utah personal injury attorney can help you navigate through the complexities of the legal and insurance fields. Commonly asked questions include:
• How to file a personal injury claim?
• How to settle a property damage claim?
• Who files the criminal charges?
• How long do family members have to file a Wrongful Death Claim?
Hiring an Experienced Utah Personal Injury Attorney
The time to file a car accident claim is limited, which makes contacting an experienced Utah Auto Accident attorney as soon as possible of vital importance. Attorney Kenneth L. Christensen and The Christensen Law Firm, PLLC know the laws relating to personal injury, particularly auto accident injuries. While we cant undo the harm that's been done, we can provide your family with a sense of security and comfort, knowing that you can receive compensation to help cover the costs of current and future medical bills relating to the injury. Compensation may also be sought for pain and suffering, disability, lost earning capacity, and more.
If you or someone you love has suffered through an auto accident injury in Utah and you feel it is the result of the negligence of another we urge you to contact us online or call us at 801-506-0800 (Main number), 801-224-2999 (Utah County) or 801-294-9500 (Davis County) to set up a FREE consultation to discuss your legal rights.