A 4-year-old boy passed away Saturday morning after being struck and killed at a Salt Lake City intersection. The boy was riding his bicycle with his mother near 900 West and California Ave when the tragic incident occurred.
According to SLC Police Lt. Brett Olsen, the mother of the boy was also hit by the same vehicle at this “dangerous” Salt Lake City intersection and suffered severe leg injuries.
The family of the boy, who was later identified as Holden Curtis, recently set up a GoFundMe to help cover funeral expenses.
The lieutenant said the driver, Carl Wayne Johnson, 56, was under investigation for DUI and that the arresting officer noticed a “strong odor of alcohol” coming from the driver’s breath at the time of the crash.
Johnson was arrested for investigation of automobile homicide, a second-degree felony and DUI with serious bodily injury, among other matters. According to the affidavit, his vehicle was also not insured nor was it registered under his name.
Several witnesses reported that the driver hit the boy at the intersection without stopping and gave statements to the police.
One of the witnesses who ran over to the boy immediately after he was hit, commented, “After seeing this, you know, it impacts you to see this.”
He also added that this Salt Lake City intersection didn’t become dangerous until the city reduced two lanes into one.
But a Salt Lake City spokesperson says otherwise.
While data shows that rear-end accidents have increased at this intersection from distracted driving, pedestrian and bicyclist incidents have decreased, according to city spokesperson Matthew Rojas. Rojas pointed out that if drinking and driving was the cause of this crash, then that causality is to blame, not the quality of the intersection.
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