Car Hits Children Playing; 2 Die, 1 in Critical Condition

Car Hits Children Playing; 2 Die, 1 in Critical Condition

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Coco Warner ReportingA horrible scene tonight in Taylorsville. A driver veered off the road and hit three children who were playing in their front yard.

Two of the children died at the scene. Their brother is in extremely critical condition at Primary Children's Medical Center. The driver of the car is also in critical condition.

Words can hardly touch on what this family must be going through tonight. In a moment, a mother and father lost their four-year old daughter and nine-year old son, with their six-year old boy in critical condition.

Witnesses described the scene as something no one should ever have to see.

Paul Alexander, Witness: "Basically we were all sitting down watching TV when we heard a loud noise. It sounded like a dump truck and I looked out and there was dust everywhere."

Stephanie Bateman, Witness: "There was glass everywhere and we noticed two other children that had obviously been involved in the accident."

Witnesses and police say the accident happened just before six. The 19-year man driving a yellow car was traveling south on 1300 West at about 6600 South. He tried to pass another car on the left. He apparently veered too far left, lost control and hit the children in their driveway.

Peggy Faulkner, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office: "They were well off the street, we want you to know. They were not on the street; they were in their own driveway playing."

What witnesses describe next is almost too terrible to imagine. One child was seen under the car, the other two with severed limbs. A four-year old girl and her nine-year old brother were pronounced dead at the scene. The six-year old brother was taken by helicopter to Primary Children's Hospital.

A neighbor says she was one of the first people to reach the six-year old boy and helped paramedics administer medical attention.

Neighbor: "I helped them keep him stabilized as they wrapped his legs, and helped them move him onto the little pediatric board they had and wrap him up and he held onto my hand until finally they had to put him on the helicopter."

Police say both parents were home at the time of the accident. Police also said they aren't bringing up charges against the driver-- that decision will be made upon further investigation.

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