Three young girls were injured in Midvale, one critically, when a 28-year old driver who was allegedly texting, failed to yield and drove his Mazda Protégé into the group as they were crossing the street at 700 West Wasatch Street (8000 South). According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the auto-pedestrian crosswalk crash happened about 3:40 p.m. on May 14, 2013. The three girls, aged 9, 10 and 14, were walking home from school when they were struck. The 9-year old was taken to IMC for treatment of a traumatic brain injury. The others was also taken to IMC for other, less serious injuries.
According to Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal, the crosswalk was clearly marked. Nonetheless, the driver, who Hoyal says was texting, failed to recognize the hazard in time. According to officer Hoyal: “It’s a very sad reminder that texting while driving is extremely dangerous.
Texting while driving is also illegal in Utah and drivers can expect serious consequences when they injure someone while texting and driving. The driver is obvious responsible for all the injuries stemming from this easily-preventable accident.