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Ogden, UT (August 03, 2021) – A teenager was arrested after his street racing resulted in a four-vehicle collision at a busy intersection in Ogden while attempting to flee from police.

18-year-old Karmen Wade Mestas was arrested for failing to respond to an officer’s signals to pull over, causing an injury accident, reckless driving, and exhibition driving.

According to a police booking affidavit, on Saturday, July 31st, at about 9:30 p.m., police in the area of Washington Boulevard and 22nd Street observed a Honda Civic being recklessly operated. The car took from a group of cars at a high rate of speed and the driver seemed to be showing off in front of the other drivers and racing.

When officers tried to pull Mestas over, he fled, running two red lights. The second red light was at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and 20th Street, where Mestas’ actions caused a four-car accident.  

The teenage passenger in the front seat of the Honda sustained a concussion and facial lacerations.   

An officer on the scene said the passenger was struggling to remember things and keep up with the conversation, proving that “Not only did this incident pose a significant risk of serious bodily injury or death, but the passenger also appears to be suffering from several different forms of serious disfigurement.”

Mestas received minor injuries and was booked into the Weber County Jail.

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Passenger Injuries in Ogden

According to Utah driving law, a passenger cannot be held accountable for the negligent actions that led to the accident, which means that immediate family members of passengers who are killed in car crashes are usually eligible to solicit financial compensation from the at-fault driver. However, it is essential that the surviving family members hire an attorney who knows the most efficient ways to successfully entreat all relevant and likely avenues of monetary recovery. 

A reputable and experienced personal injury attorney will know the most up-to-date methods of analyzing every aspect of your accident, ensure that the negligent driver is held accountable, and see to it that you receive the full and fair financial compensation you are entitled to under Utah law. After a traffic accident results in injuries to a passenger, they might be confused about how to go about getting help and how to solicit financial compensation for their injuries. 

When injuries happen in a collision caused by another motorist’s negligence, victims need to seek legal counsel from an accident attorney in Salt Lake City. Whenever somebody is hurt and another person is the cause, they are qualified to obtain compensation for their losses. If your car accident was the result of another driver’s negligence or misconduct, then you, as the injured victim, are entitled to bring a claim against the at-fault driver for every injury, loss, and damage you have suffered. 

At Jardine Law Offices P. C., our Utah personal injury attorneys see to it that our clients get justice. We do everything possible for our clients to collect the maximum amount of compensation allowed for their claims. If you were injured in an accident because of another person’s actions, talk to our Utah personal injury attorneys at (801) 350-3506 to schedule a free claim evaluation to see how we can help you.

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