LEHI, Utah (GOOD 4 UTAH) – A deadly crash involving six teenagers out of Utah County is leaving a community in mourning. The crash happened Thursday around 11 p.m. at 2300 North 600 East in Lehi.
“When you see the body of a young teenage girl lying in the middle of the road as the investigation is going on you’re thinking to yourself, this isn’t what’s supposed to happen,” said Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Cannon said the teens were headed north bound on 600 East when the driver, 17-year-old Maryah Hayley Edwards from Lehi, lost control going 50 miles per hour in a 20 mile per hour zone. As a result, the car rolled multiple times ejecting Edwards and three of her passengers from the vehicle. One of those ejected was 17-year-old Jayden Farrell of Lehi who is in critical condition at Intermountain Medical Center. “He sustained a broken back and a broken neck. He did go into surgery last night to relieve some pressure on his brain, but he is far from out of the woods yet. We don’t know if he is going to survive,” said Sgt. Cannon.
Another young girl is also suffering from a broken back. The other three teens managed to escape with minor injuries, but of the six teenagers the sheriff’s office says only one was wearing a seatbelt.
“Seatbelts are critical. There is no question had everybody in this crash had a seat belt on it would dramatically increased the likelihood of surviving this and maybe even coming out of this without any injuries. The one passenger who did have a seat belt on sustained very minor injuries and we can attribute that to the fact she did have a seatbelt on,” said Sgt. Cannon.
The Utah County Sheriff’s office is still investigating the crash to see if drugs or alcohol were a factor.