2 Pedestrians Struck by Alleged Drunk Driver at 300 South and 500 East – 1 Killed, 1 Injured
One pedestrian was killed and another suffered serious injuries after being hit by a suspected drunk driver in Salt Lake City early Saturday morning.
According to Salt Lake Police, the auto-pedestrian crash happened at around 1 a.m. on Saturday at the intersection of 300 South and 500 East. A vehicle was driving eastbound on 300 South and approached a red light at the intersection with 500 East, where two pedestrians were crossing the roadway. The light turned green and the vehicle continued through the intersection before hitting the pedestrians.
The driver, 23-year-old Justin Williford, was arrested at the scene. He has been charged with automobile homicide and felony DUI.
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Financial Compensation For People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Utah
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney has represented several people who have been injured by drunk drivers and the families of those killed in these tragic crashes. Brian has some general information to share on the legal rights of drunk driving crash victims and their families in Utah:
Drunk driving crashes are some of the most common causes of serious injuries and deaths in the United States. When a drunk driver causes a crash and other people are injured or killed, it’s important that the victims and their families are aware of their legal options and their right to financial compensation. Recovering financial compensation is often necessary to deal with the devastating personal and financial difficulties suffered by these victims and families.
Liability laws for drunk driving crashes vary from state to state. In all 50 states, drunk drivers can be sued by victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Additionally, Utah and most other states also have dram shop laws, which sometimes allow alcohol vendors to be sued for injuries caused by their customers.
In Utah, drunk driving crash victims and their families can file a dram shop lawsuit against an alcohol vendor if the vendor served alcohol to someone who was:
- under 21 years old,
- “apparently under the influence” of alcohol or drugs,
- someone that the vendor “knew or should have known under the circumstances” was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or
- “a known interdicted person” aka someone who has been legally ordered not to consume alcohol, and
- the person who was provided alcohol later causes injuries or deaths due to consuming that alcohol.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyers.
The Intersection of 300 South and 500 East in Salt Lake City, UT
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