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12-year-old run over by car in West Valley City

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A 12-year-old boy is recovering in a hospital after a car backed over him and pinned him underneath, police say.
 
The accident happened close to 9:00 a.m. near 4520 West 4375 South. 
 
Neighbors tell ABC4 Utah’s Brittany Johnson that the child doesn’t live in the area but was going door-to-door with his family before tragedy struck.
 
“They were going through the neighborhood looking for work and they went to my neighbors,” explained Lynn Green, who lives in the area. “Next thing, I hear yelling and my wife says someone is under the car.”
 
Police say a man backed a maroon Buick out of his driveway and ran over the child. People living in the area heard someone screaming and went outside to help.
 
“I grabbed my jack and my other neighbor grabbed his and tried to get the car up off him… By the time the paramedics got here we had the car up in the air but they were trying to get the kid to breath and he had blood on the back of his head,” Green said. 
 
Cecilia Hernandez said her dad grabbed his jack as well and went to help while she called 911.
 
“I gave them the address and what the scene looked like,” Hernandez said. 
 
“What did they tell you to do?” asked ABC4’s Brittany Johnson.
 
“Not to move the person — to leave him right there,” Hernandez replied.
 
The child suffered broken bones in the accident. He was taken to Primary Children’s Hospital in critical condition but was later upgraded to fair. West Valley Police tweeted that the boy is expected to be OK.
Investigators are still working to figure out exactly what happened.
 
At this time, no charges have been filed against the driver.

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- A 12-year-old was rushed to the hospital Monday morning after a car backed over him, police say.

It happened just before 9:15 a.m. near 4251 West Deno Drive. 

Sgt. Levi Lloyd with West Valley Police Department told ABC4 nearby witnesses and firefighters had to lift the car off of the child. The driver of the car was backing out of their driveway when they hit the boy, Sgt. Lloyd said.

He was taken to Primary Children’s Hospital in critical condition but officials later announced he is expected to survive.

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as they become available. 

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