Pedestrian accidents are always serious, but they are especially unfortunate when they involve older or younger individuals. On Tuesday morning, December 12th, an 8th-grade student was involved in a pedestrian accident outside Kennedy Junior High School. According to KSL, the 13-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The West Valley City Police Department tweeted that the boy had suffered head trauma and was “downgraded to critical condition.”
The boy was struck by a car just before class began after being dropped off by his mother. West Valley City Police Sgt. Jason Johnson said the teen was not crossing in a crosswalk. A thick layer of fog was reported to have settled over the area around the time of the crash. The driver of the car informed police that they were unable to see the boy because of the fog; thus, the fog might have played a role in the crash.
A spokesman for Granite School District, Ben Horsely, stated as reported by KUTV, “There’s a somber mood in the school. We’re very concerned for him and his family.” Horsely also said that counselors would be available for students who needed them. This incident is the second pedestrian accident within the week that a student in Granite School District has been injured by a car.
At The Advocates, safety is one of our principal concerns. Generally speaking, when poor visibility occurs because of fog, snow, or other weather conditions, it is crucial to drive slowly and more alert, especially near a school zone. Similarly, it is important to always cross at a crosswalk. Crosswalks are placed at specific locations because of their visibility. Even though it might take a little longer, we strongly encourage you to take the extra time to walk to the crosswalk. It gives drivers a greater likelihood of seeing you.
In the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one pedestrian dies every 1.6 hours. Another pedestrian is injured every 7.5 minutes. According to an article in the Deseret News, that’s the equivalent of killing all the Moab residents and some of their friends each year then injuring everyone in South Jordan. That is a staggering thought. The problem is only getting worse. According to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the number of pedestrian accidents increased by 12 percent in 2016.
Our hearts go out to everyone involved, and we hope that the boy who was injured can make a speedy recovery.