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West Valley City, UT (August 12, 2022) – A man with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit was arrested after he caused a three-car accident that left one woman dead in West Valley City on Friday, August 5th. 

35-year-old Jaime Eduardo Cartagena was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for DUI, investigation of negligently operating a vehicle resulting in death, reckless driving, negligently operating a vehicle causing serious injury, possession of drug paraphernalia, drug possession, and having an open container in a vehicle.

At about 7:20 p.m., Cartagena was driving along 4100 South in the area of 4000 West when he veered into oncoming traffic and struck a vehicle head-on as it attempted to make a lefthand turn. 

The impact from the crash pushed the struck vehicle into a third car. Eyewitness accounts indicate that Cartagena was traveling at roughly 80 miles an hour when he struck the vehicle waiting to turn. 

86-year-old Ana Maria Ypanaque, a passenger in the turning vehicle, died during the collision. Another victim sustained serious injuries including fractured bones in their foot, legs, and spine. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Ms. Ana Maria Ypanaque, at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family in hopes of a full recovery.

Wrongful Deaths in Utah

If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you may be eligible to collect financial compensation via a wrongful death suit. While conducting their investigation, an experienced Utah wrongful death attorney will advise you on the forms of compensation you are entitled to. Calculating the worth of your claim is extremely difficult without the direction of an experienced attorney. 

At Jardine Law Offices, our attorneys have a thorough understanding of all state and local laws and decades of experience in successfully resolving these kinds of cases.

No two motor vehicle accidents are exactly the same, meaning it can be difficult to determine if victims or their surviving family members are entitled to compensation without the aid of a licensed attorney.  

Let our lawyers deal with the intricacies of the legal process while you concentrate on getting better. If you lost a family member in a motorcycle accident, contact our wrongful death lawyers in Utah at 801-350-3506 to schedule a free case evaluation.

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.