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Teen hit by car in rural area dies; 3 others recovering

By Sam Penrod | Posted - Apr 29th, 2013 @ 9:39pm

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PAYSON — One of four teenagers hit by a car as they walked along a rural road Saturday night has passed away.

Courtney Osborn, 13, of Goshen died Sunday around 1 p.m., according to the Utah Department of Public Safety. She had been flown to Primary Children's Medical Center in extremely critical condition. Doctors had determined she no longer had brain activity Sunday and took her off life support.

Standing together Monday, with their arms around each other, Courtney's cousins remembered the good times.

"Courtney was the oldest of all of the girls. She is the one who helped us stick together," said Sydney Hales.

"She was the only one who helped our family stay together, and had the best sense of humor. We were always laughing when we were with her," Jenna Osborn said.

Police say Courtney and her firends were walking on the shoulder of State Route 147 in the area of 5600 West and 9200 South just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday when they were hit by a Honda Civic driven by a 17-year-old girl.

All four teens were initially taken to Mountain View Hospital in Payson.

Two girls, 13-year-old Shanece Reynolds and 15-year-old Hailey Burr, suffered minor leg injuries and were treated and released. Jared Fillmore, 13, was also flown to Primary Children's Medical Center with multiple broken bones and head trauma. As of Sunday, his condition was stable.

The area where the crash took place is very rural and there are no lights along the road, troopers said. Neighbors said when the sun goes down, it is pitch black. Troopers said there was no evidence of speeding. The posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour.

The teens were headed to a birthday party at the time of the accident, but troopers said there was no evidence alcohol was involved.

Courtney's family members said they have no ill toward the driver and are grateful one of Courtney's friends started CPR, which kept her alive until her family could gather together and make the decision to remove her from life support.

"A special thanks to Greg Larson for doing CPR and keeping her heart beating until paramedics arrived," said Zane Osborn, Courtney's uncle. "Thanks to you, we were able to donate many of her organs and save the lives of many other people."

Friends and family members have set up a donation account* for people wishing to help with funeral expenses. Contributions can be made at any Zions Bank branch under Courtney Osborn.

* has not verified the accuracy of the information provided with respect to the account nor does assure that the monies deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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