UPDATE: The Davis School District has released a photo of the 15 year-old who passed away after succumbing to injuries sustained from being hit by multiple vehicles while crossing a street in Syracuse Monday night. Kilburn was a 9-grade student at Syracuse Junior High School. Chris Williams, Spokesperson for the Davis School District, released the following statement.
Dakota was just a great kid. He was a great student, good-natured and funny, and several students remember the many times he would make them laugh and feel good. He was a member of the Syracuse Junior High School Singers. a member of the school wrestling team and just someone that others enjoyed being around.
Members of the district’s crisis team were at the school today and will also be at the school tomorrow for any student or faculty member who are struggling with Dakota’s loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family during their time of need.
A candle light vigil is planned for Wednesday night to remember the life of Dakota at Syracuse Jr. High School beginning at 8:15 p.m.
UPDATE: The 15 year-old boy who was hit by multiple cars last night while crossing a crosswalk in Syracuse near 2000 West, 1540 South has passed away, police confirmed. He has been identified as Dakota Kilburn.
SYRACUSE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Syracuse residents are being praised for their heroic actions after helping to lift a car off a boy who was hit by a car while in a crosswalk Monday night.
Syracuse Police say the 15 year-old boy was crossing the street in a crosswalk near 2000 West 1540 South in Syracuse around 8:30 p.m. when he was hit by a car traveling in the southbound lanes. The force of the hit pushed into the northbound lane where he was struck and pinned underneath another vehicle.
“It’s a school crossing for one, so people driving there constantly know that there’s a crosswalk there it’s more neglectful – like neglectful driving,” said Elliott Ware.
Ware was one of the 6 Good Samaritans who stopped to help the teen. He says he and his co-workers were driving home from work when they came across the crash.
“We came op probably 10 seconds, maybe not even more than that, and saw the kids legs underneath the woman’s car,” he said.
Without hesitation Ware and his three co-workers rushed over to help. Two other Good Samaritans rushed over as well, he said, and they help lift the car off the young man.
“When we picked it up we lifted all the weight off his body and face and where all the weight was sitting, and it was a front wheel drive car so it just rolled off the back wheels,” Ware said.
He described a graphic scene and said the teen was unconscious. Once emergency personnel arrived the boy was flown by helicopter to a Salt Lake City hospital.
Ware says the teen was with at least two other friends when he was in the crosswalk. He says one, identified himself as the young man’s best friend, was hysterical and in shock. He asked the friend to help him get in contact with the teens family and made a call that no father even wants to make.
“I have a son of my own, I mean he’s only two, but when I called that kid’s father I just flipped roles like, it would’ve bothered me to get a call by some random person that my son had just been hit by a car,” added Ware.
Both drivers involved stopped and are cooperating with police, according to the Syracuse Police Department. Investigators say they do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role, but the investigation is still ongoing.
“It’s wonderful to know that there are people out here that want to help and want to help save a boys life,” said Det. Erin Behm with the Syracuse Police Department.
According to the Utah Department of Public Health. 30 pedestrians are hit and killed by a car in Utah every year and about 785 more are hospitalized after being in a crash with a vehicle. According to the Utah Highway Safety Office, the percentage of crashes involving pedestrians has increased for the 7th year in a row.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way at both marked and unmarked crosswalks and a pedestrian can cross the street at any location, unless specifically prohibited. [Utah Code (41-6a-1006)] However, if a pedestrian is crossing at a location where a crosswalk does not exist, they have the responsibility to yield to traffic.