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Utah Co, UT (August 09, 2021) – Officials have identified the two people who died during a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 6 in Utah County on the evening of Saturday, August 9th.

A report from the Utah Highway Patrol shows that, at about 9:30 p.m., a Mazda carrying two occupants was traveling eastbound along the highway when, for reasons that have yet to be determined,  it drifted into the westbound lane where it crashed into an oncoming Audi.

Both people in the Mazda died. The driver has since been identified as 28-year-old Diana C. Hoyos Avellaneda, a resident of Ephraim. The passenger has been identified as 27-year-old Laura C. Regueros Balles. 

The driver and a passenger in the Audi were both transported by paramedics to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment of serious injuries. Both are expected to survive.

Investigators are still attempting to determine why Avellaneda drifted into oncoming traffic.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased victims, Ms. Diana C. Hoyos Avellaneda, and Ms. Laura C. Regueros Balles at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Wrongful Deaths in Utah County

When people die due to injuries they receive in accidents caused by malicious, negligent, or careless drivers, their immediate family could be entitled to damages. Filing a legal claim with a compassionate and skilled wrongful death attorney in the Salt Lake City area can help to ensure your legal rights are defended after the loss of a loved one.

In 2016, in the state of Utah, over 270 people were killed in fatal auto crashes alone. Hundreds of lives are cut short every year from some sort of avoidable incident, like one resulting from an inattentive driver or defective drug. When a person dies under these circumstances, their immediate family members might be eligible to hire a Utah wrongful death attorney to obtain financial compensation through a civil case.

Wrongful deaths are fatalities that are caused by the wrongful act, maliciousness, or neglect of someone else. Unfortunately, wrongful deaths are an all-too-common outcome of motor vehicle accidents. 

The Utah fatal accident attorneys at Jardine Law Offices have decades of experience helping grieving families get the justice they deserve after losing someone they love in an avoidable accident. Our team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach toward protecting the legal rights of families throughout the Salt Lake City area. 

From the start, our team works to assemble a solid legal claim that best demonstrates the liability of the defendant. With sufficient evidence, knowledge of case law, and commitment, we aggressively negotiate settlements for our clients that provide them with the full and fair compensation for their damages.

If a member of your family lost their life in an accident caused by the negligence of another person, contact our personal injury attorneys in Salt Lake City at (801) 350-3506 to see how our team can help you receive the justice you deserve for your loved one. Our team is available to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s accident.

Notes: The details and information utilized to create this post were gathered through the use of secondary sources. The details surrounding this accident have not been independently verified by the writing staff at Jardine Law Offices. These sources include but are not limited to newspaper stories, local news sources, local and state police reports, and eyewitness accounts about serious accidents that take place in Farmington and Salt Lake City, Utah. If you locate any information that is inaccurate, please contact us right away so that we can update the post with the most accurate information available. If you would like the post to be removed, please let us know and we will remove it as soon as possible. 

Disclaimers: The attorneys at Jardine Law Offices have worked hard through the years to build a solid business reputation in the community. We write about these serious incidents to bring awareness about the dangers associated with driving in hopes that our fellow community members will use an abundance of caution when operating a motor vehicle and avoid being involved in a serious accident themselves. This story is not intended to be a solicitation for business. The information provided in this post should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. The photos used in this post are not taken from the scene of this accident.