Jacob Armijo and Avery Bock lost their lives in a fatal accident on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 when their car smashed into an oncoming vehicle in West Valley City, Utah. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Jacob Armijo was the driver of a Honda Civic traveling north with Avery and two other passengers on 5600 West in the 4100 South intersection. For an unknown reason, his vehicle swerved into the southbound lanes and struck a Toyota Corolla. Both Jacob and Avery lost their lives at the scene of the accident.
Other passengers, Cassidy Porter, 17, received critical injuries and had to be transported to the hospital. Leticia Cordero, 16, another passenger, was reported to be in serious condition and was hospitalized as well. The driver of the Corolla, 40-year-old Monica Hood also received serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Although the reason for the accident remains unknown, several witnesses say that Jacob had swerved into southbound lanes because of a third car running a red light at the same intersection. That vehicle caused Jacob to turn into oncoming traffic and lose control of his vehicle.
I offer my sincere condolences to the families of these two individuals and send my wishes for a speedy recovery for the others who were injured.
Legally speaking, Utah wrongful death claims need to be brought within two years of the accident occurring. Wrongful death claimants can include the parents of the deceased as well as their spouse and children, although the latter two would not be applicable because of the young age of these victims. Those injured in this crash would have up to four years to make their claims.
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.