Fremont County car accident results in two fatalities

Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 5:32 pm    

The Wyoming Highway Patrol reported that two individuals died in a two-vehicle collision in Fremont County on Wednesday, March 12.

According to reports, heavy snow on U.S. Route 26 contributed to the occurrence of the accident. Ruiz-Villa was driving east at an excessive speed, which caused him to lose control of his car. Ruiz-Villa’s passengers, 4-year-old Aylin Ruiz and 56-year-old Delores Ruiz, suffered from fatal injuries.

Police authorities are still investigating the incident. Their findings will be reviewed by the Fremont County Attorney’s Office once it is completed.

The attorneys at Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. extend our condolences to those affected by this tragic accident.


Caldwell teen killed in Middleton car accident

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 9:38 pm    

On Monday, February 10 Chase Panda, 19, died in a two-vehicle accident west of Middleton.

The accident occurred before 10 a.m. on Idaho 44. Panda was driving east when he ran into a tractor-trailer turning east onto Idaho 44. Panda was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the tractor-trailer did not sustain serious injuries.

Currently Idaho police are still investigating all possible causes of the accident. Some investigators mentioned that the weather on the day of the accident may have affected Panda’s ability to see beyond certain distances.

The attorneys of Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. extend our condolences to those affected by this tragic accident.


Young woman dies in Interstate 80 accident

Posted on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 5:49 pm    

A passenger in a Toyota Tundra died in a car accident on Wednesday, January 29 five miles west of Rawlins.

The accident occurred along Interstate 80, when Sean Anderson, the driver of an eastbound Toyota Tundra, veered off of the road and struck a post in the median. After the truck struck the post it flipped multiple times.

Tiffany Anderson, a passenger in the backseat of the vehicle died from serious injuries after being ejected from the vehicle. Sean was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. offer our condolences to those affected by this unfortunate car accident.


Wyoming’s learner’s permit age gets criticism

Posted on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at 10:47 pm    

A new annual report from the District of Columbia-based Advocates of Highway and Auto Safety issued on Wednesday, January 22, criticized Wyoming’s policy of allowing 15-year-old teenagers to obtain driving learners’ permits, calling attention to the youth of the applicants in the state’s graduated driver’s license program.

However, Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Driver Services manager Don Edington said precautions are put in place, with teenagers being required to pass a written test before they get the license, and ensuring that they are accompanied by a licensed adult in the passenger’s seat when they start driving after they get the license. Edington added that there is also a limit to the number of people who can be in the vehicle while the teenager is driving, with exceptions for school or work activities.

The report also found fault with Wyoming’s non-enforcement of seat belt laws and lax laws on motorcycle helmet-wearing, ignition interlock, and open containers.

Our lawyers at Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. seek to help drivers who have been injured by reckless drivers. If you or a loved one is going through such a situation, whether you were harmed by a young driver or another negligent party, call us at (307) 733-8140 to find out how we might be able to help.


Man charged with vehicular homicide after killing passenger

Posted on Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 10:11 pm    

Eighteen-year-old Cheyenne, Wyoming resident Jacob Torres, who was allegedly driving at a high speed when he crashed his car into a tree, killing his 16-year-old passenger, was taken into police custody on Friday, November 22 and is now facing one felony count of aggravated vehicular homicide-reckless driving charges.

A preliminary hearing for Torres’ case occurred on Thursday, December 5.

According to the police, Torres was driving at between 69 miles per hour (mph) and 94 mph before his vehicle crashed on June 8 north in the left lane of the 4100 block of Warren Avenue. The speed limit in the area is 30 mph.

His passenger, 16-year-old Chance Garcia, died at the scene of the accident.

Losing someone to another person’s reckless actions is devastating. If such a tragedy has happened to you in Wyoming, talk with a lawyer at Jessica Rutzick & Associates, P.C. about pursuing the justice and compensation you need. We can be reached at (307) 733-8140.