Texting Driver in Deadly Crash Sued by Utah Teen's Parents

Texting Driver in Deadly Crash Sued by Utah Teen's Parents

News Jan 17, 2013

VERNAL -- A Uintah County woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a man who police say hit and killed her teenage son while texting and driving. Evie Lesser filed the suit this week in 8th District Court against Jeffrey Lloyd Bascom.

Lesser is asking a jury to award her and her former husband for the loss of their son, Thomas Lavelle "Tommy" Clark.

The lawsuit also list several "John Does" as defendants, identifying them only as individuals or businesses "who may have contributed to the cause of the accident" that led to Clark's death.

Lesser's attorney, Daniel Sam, would not comment on the lawsuit when contacted by the Deseret News. 

On Sept. 2, Clark and a friend were walking along the shoulder of 500 West near 1200 South about 9 p.m. when Clark was hit from behind by the pickup truck Bascom was driving.

The impact threw the 15-year-old about 40 feet through the air. He landed next to a barbed wire fence that separates a cow pasture from a roadside ditch. Clark's friend escaped injury.

Bascom, 28, remained at the crash site and told investigators he was texting at the time he struck Clark, said Vernal Assistant Police Chief Keith Campbell.

Bascom's statement was consistent with the physical evidence at the scene, Campbell said.

Clark was taken by ambulance to Ashley Regional Medical Center and then transferred by helicopter to Primary Children's Medical Center. He died the following day after he was removed from life support.

Bascom is charged in 8th District Court with automobile homicide, a second-degree felony, and obstruction of justice, a third-degree felony. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 23.

Continue Reading

Bascom faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, if he's convicted.


E-mail: gliesik@desnews.com, Twitter: GeoffLiesik

Copyright 2013 The Deseret News Publishing Co.

Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)
Geoff Liesik Deseret News
Leaders want to provide first responders with guidelines to follow when handling calls relating to human trafficking.
The study will assess Florida's Division of Emergency Management's response to Hurricane Irma and determine the lessons learned.
The state funding will provide 120,000 doses for first responders, including Pittsburgh park rangers.
The budget cut allowed the department to cross-staff, using firefighters to staff ambulances due to medical calls outnumbering fire calls.
Starting next year, the insurer will reimburse treatment that doesn’t require the emergency department.
One of the two Northern California wildfires have been fully contained due to cooler temperatures and light rain.
Kenneth Scheppke challenged longstanding traditions in patient care that have not withstood current scrutiny.

EMTs and other first responders who treated the wounded on scene of the Vegas shooting could be at risk for post-traumatic stress.

All EMS, fire, and law enforcement agencies in the county will participate in the drill along with 100 volunteers portraying victims of the shooting.
As the state begins facing the effects of the opioid crisis, medical professionals, law enforcement and prosecutors join the national discussion on possible solutions to the epidemic.
Only one of three in the country, the "rapid extrication team" assists in rescuing injured firefighters while local crews battle the forest fires.
The paramedic-staffed chase car would respond to ALS calls in a timelier manner and help alleviate several local fire departments' calls.
Las Vegas and Orlando massacres set a solemn tone for the normally festive event.
In a project to raise grant funding that began a year ago, the Richmond Ambulance Authority and VCU Health teamed up to provide 35 of Richmond’s Public Schools with Bleeding Control (BCON) equipment. 
Mercy Health's new two-story, 29,000 square foot center features a Level 1 trauma center, an expanded surgical area, and more comfortable patient and visitor access.