Police: Drunk Driver Injures Pedestrian After Leaving State Liquor Store
Police in St. George say that the driver who crashed into a pedestrian in a hit-and-run outside of the KFC on East St. George Boulevard was drunk and had just left the nearby State Liquor Store.
At the scene of the crash, a witness told officers that a truck left the State Liquor Store at 161 N. 900 East shortly before hitting the pedestrian. The witness followed the truck, called 911, and gave dispatchers the license plate number. Police determined that the license plate was registered to 37-year-old Trevor Andreasen Royce and eventually arrested him at a hotel.
Officers responded to the scene, which was reported as a hit-and-run with a male pedestrian in front of a KFC restaurant at 8:09 p.m. on Saturday.The pedestrian was walking on the sidewalk of St. George Boulevard when a black Ford truck drove over the curb and struck him, causing serious injuries. A Gold Cross Ambulance arrived at the scene and responders rushed the main to Dixie Regional Medical Hospital.
After police tracked him down at the hotel, Royce admitted to drinking half a quart of vodka after coming back from the liquor store. He agreed to perform a field sobriety test, which he failed. Police also administered a breathalyzer test, which confirmed that he was over the legal limit. He was charged with failure to remain at an accident involving serious injury and DUI involving serious bodily injury by negligent operation of a vehicle.
Legal Options for People Injured by Drunk Drivers in Utah
Attorney contributor Brian Kent helps people who have been injured by drunk drivers fight to recover the financial compensation they deserve. Here is some information from Brian on the legal options available to those who have been injured by drunk drivers in Utah:
Utah is one of many states with two different types of lawsuits that may be available to drunk driving accident victims. Like all other states, these individuals can file personal injury lawsuits against the driver who injured. Additionally, Utah and most other states have dram shop laws, which allow people hurt by drunk drivers to file lawsuits against the alcohol vendor who served the driver before the crash.
Only certain types of cases qualify for dram shop lawsuits. According to Utah’s dram shop laws, people who have been injured in alcohol-related accidents may have grounds for a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor if that vendor provided alcohol to someone who is:
- Younger than 21 years of age,
- “apparently under the influence” of alcohol or drugs,
- someone who the vendor “knew or should have known” was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or
- someone who the vendor knows has been ordered not to consume alcohol, and
- the person who receives that alcohol caused an accident caused by consuming the alcohol.
Each car accident lawsuit case is different. If you or someone you love has recently suffered a serious injury after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to an experienced drunk driver accident victims lawyer.