News / Utah / 

Investigators: Infant was properly strapped in at time of Tooele crash

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

TOOELE -- Investigators now say a 9-month-old baby killed along with his parents in a head-on collision in Tooele was properly strapped into a car seat at the time of the crash.

Initially it was reported that Damian Herrera's car seat was not buckled in during the Jan. 28 crash. However, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, investigators now say there was confusion at the scene and that a seat belt securing the child seat to the car was in fact cut by rescue crews trying to get the child out.

Damian and his parents, 21-year-old Jacob Herrera and 30-year-old Kristi Westfall, were driving on State Road 36 when Herrera crossed into oncoming traffic. An 18-wheeler smashed into the vehicle, killing all three on impact.

Investigators say neither adult was wearing a seat belt.

Related stories

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics



Catch up on the top news and features from, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast