WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Dec. 12, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A 13-year-old boy hit by a car in front of a West Valley City junior high school Tuesday morning has been downgraded to critical condition.
The incident happened just after 7:30 a.m. near Kennedy Junior High School at 4495 S. 4800 West, the West Valley City Police Department said in a news release on Twitter.
The boy was crossing to the school from the opposite side of the street on 4800 West and was not in a crosswalk when he was hit, the news release said. He was transported by ground ambulance to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, where his condition was downgraded from serious to critical because of head trauma.
The driver reported to police that they did not see the child. Although the area was hazy at the time of the crash, police said weather was not a contributing factor. It also does not appear that speed or impairment were factors in the incident. Police have not said whether the driver was male or female.
Both north and southbound lanes in front of Kennedy Junior High will be blocked while the accident investigation is underway, police said, and drivers are being asked to avoid the area.
Granite School District asked for thoughts and prayers for the boy and his family in a tweet.
There will be grief counselors at the school to assist students.
Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.