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NORTH SALT LAKE -- Police have identified the woman who was killed after being hit by a car Sunday night. It happened on U.S. Highway 89 in North Salt Lake.
Sixty-six-year-old Brenda Henderson was taking a walk around 9 p.m. near the Camelot Mobile Home Park, where she lived, but she never came home.
Police delivered the horrible news to her husband. "He's pretty distraught. That's a pretty traumatic incident for anyone to go through," said North Salt Lake police Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam.
North Salt Lake police believe Henderson was walking outside the crosswalk when a 16-year-old in a minivan struck her and killed her. "She (the driver) just indicated that she didn't see the lady walking across the street," Gwilliam said.
Gwilliam continued, "It's not particularly dangerous. It is lighted. It's not one of the best-lit crosswalks, but there is lighting there at the intersection."
Detectives say there were no witnesses except the driver and a few friends she had in the van. Apparently, the Woods Cross teen was taking some friends home, driving southbound on U.S. 89.
Police do not believe the girl was speeding, impaired or using a cell phone. They do say she might have been distracted by her friends in the car.
Under Utah law, new drivers under 18 can't carry passengers of the same age during the first six months of driving, so officers say she might face a minor traffic violation but nothing more. "There's no criminal violation that we're looking at, as far as directly related to her death," Gwilliam said.
We talked with Henderson's neighbors Monday afternoon. No one wanted to go on camera, but they all said she was a very friendly woman who always took morning walks.
Story compiled with contributions from Nicole Gonzales and Marc Giauque.