LAYTON Utah (ABC4 Utah) – It was a morning rarely seen by police.
Two people were killed in separate incidents attempting to cross streets.
“In my 19 years, I haven’t seen a morning like this,” said Lt. Travis Lyman.
In one incident near 200 North Ft. Lane, two Layton high school students were struck while in a crosswalk.
Police identified the victim as 17-year old Bailee Dibernardo. She died after being transported to the hospital. Police also said her classmate, Eric Baarz survived and is listed in serious condition.
It happened at around 7:20 a.m. Police said a northbound pickup truck struck both of them. But there was more.
“It appears at this point a second vehicle struck one or both of them,” said Lt. Lyman.
He said the fact that Dibernardo and Baarz were in a crosswalk is a factor but no citations have been issued.
About a half hour earlier, at around 7 a.m. 42 year old Adam Brimhall attempted to cross the street near 2000 North Main Street. Police said Brimhall was in his wheelchair when he was hit by a driver in a pickup truck.
Police said Brimhall was not in a crosswalk when he was hit.
“There is no indication that there was excessive speed,” said Lt. Lyman. “So we don’t believe that was a factor.”
Meanwhile at Layton High School, classmates were shaken by her death.
“Knowing that I knew her personally I’ve talked with her before, it kind of made me sick to my stomach almost knowing that maybe we could have been closer,” said Tyler Stoker who also lives in her neighborhood.
She was a junior at LHS. A spokesman for the Davis school district said the 17-year old had a great sense of humor, was well liked and helped others.
“She took the opportunity to reach out and help other students who are less fortunate than she,” said Chris Williams with the district. “It speaks volumes about her character. great young girl.”
Parents who live in the neighborhood said the crosswalk is dangerous because of vehicles that speed.
William O’Hara said his daughter had a close call at that same crosswalk.
“She just said a car almost hit her and that she was scared and was nervous after she got to school,” he said. “I am a little worried about it. I wish they’d put a light there to slow down traffic.”
Williams said grief counselors were dispatched to the school Monday morning for students who may need help to cope with the loss of their classmate.