Layton Teenager’s Tragic Death Results In Safer Crosswalks

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LAYTON (ABC4 Utah News) – A January tragedy now has a silver lining for pedestrians and drivers in the city of Layton.

On the morning of January 11th, 17 year old Layton High student BaiLee DiBernardo was in a crosswalk on the way to school when she was struck and killed by a pickup truck at Lindsay Street and Fort Lane.

That night around 300 of her friends joined her family in a candlelight vigil at the intersection to remember “Just how beautiful a person she really is, through and through in every aspect,” her father Troy Horne said. “Truly just a beautiful person.”

Now the City of Layton has made safety improvements at that crossing and at three other mid-block crosswalks with painted arrows on the pavement and additional signs, according to Lieutenant Travis Lyman of the Layton Police Department.

“A pedestrian crossing ahead sign was put in both north and south directions,” Lt. Lyman said. “Then the sign itself has a solar panel now, some flashing LED lights around the outside of it just to try to catch drivers’ attention even a little bit more.”

These new improvements come two months too late to save BaiLee’s life but the attention surrounding her death may help save the lives of others.

“The tragedy was well publicized…It has brought the issue to the forefront,” Lt. Lyman said. “I also hope it brings a little bit of awareness to just the driving public because all the upgrades we could possibly do won’t make up for inattentive driving. If people just aren’t paying attention, it’s not going to matter.”

32 year old Leroy Clark of Clinton was charged with Distracted Driving in the crash that killed BaiLee. Another Layton High student, 17 year old Eric Baarz was also hit by Clark’s pickup but survived.

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