SUNDAY 10/31/21 4:30 p.m.
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC4) – Two teens who were struck by a vehicle on Saturday in Taylorsville are still in the hospital as of Sunday.
A 12-year-old boy is recovering from surgery for bleeding in the brain. He still has several broken bones that may require further surgery. Health officials say he is expected to live.
The other victim, a 13-year-old boy, underwent surgery to relieve brain pressure. He is currently in very critical condition.
ABC4 will update this story when more information becomes available.
Original Story: Two teens in hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Taylorsville
SATURDAY 10/30/21 9:42 p.m.
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC4) – Two teenagers are in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Taylorsville near 2700 West and 6200 South on Saturday.
Four teenagers were crossing 2700 West and Matterhorn Drive, which is 6385 South. Two of them were struck by a vehicle going southbound on 2700 West. The exact age of the teenagers is unknown, but it is believed they were around 13-14-years-old.
Taylorsville Police Chief Brady Cottam says the accident happened sometime around 7 p.m.
Out of the two teenagers who are in the hospital, one is in critical condition and the other one is in extreme critical condition. Cottam did not know which hospital the teenagers were at or how they were transported. He did say a third teenager possibly had minor injuries. There was no word yet on the fourth teenager. Their families have been notified.
The crossing at Matterhorn Drive does not have any blinking lights, but there are crossing flags. Cottam says there were indications that they may possibly have been using the flags. If they were using the crosswalk, Cottam says the teens had the right-of-way. An inquiry was made as to how well-lit the crosswalk was at the time of the accident.
“It’s not extremely well-lit, but it’s definitely not pitch-dark either,” Cottam said.
The driver of the vehicle is an adult male who had a female passenger and a child with him. They were driving a sedan. They were not injured to Cottam’s knowledge, but he did say the driver is cooperating with the investigation. It is not known at this time whether alcohol or drugs were involved. The driver, along with the passengers in his vehicle, have not been identified.
The investigation is still ongoing. Major accident teams are still on the scene. West Jordan Police and Unified Police were working with Taylorsville Police to investigate the accident. They will be investigating the scene for the next few days to piece together what happened. Cottam said special care should be taken given that it is Halloween and it is dark outside.
“This is a night where we as adults really need to slow down,” says Cottam, although he did not say that speed was necessarily a factor in the accident.