3-year-old killed, baby critically injured in Provo 4-vehicle crash

Police have arrested a man in connection with a four-vehicle crash that killed a 3-year-old girl in Provo last month. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

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PROVO, Utah, April 15, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A four-vehicle crash Sunday took the life of a 3-year-old and critically injured an 8-month-old who were both in the back seat of one of the cars that was hit.

Provo Police Detective Nick Dupaix said the accident happened at about 4:48 p.m. at the intersection of University Avenue and 3700 North.

Three cars on southbound University Avenue were stopped at the light and were waiting in the left-turn lane to go east on 3700 North, Dupaix said.

A fourth vehicle — a Pleasant Grove Utility truck — hit the third car, causing a chain-reaction crash.

Dupaix said the occupants of that third car, which was a red station wagon, were a 3-year-old girl who died in the crash, an 8-month-old boy who was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in critical condition, and their parents, who were “moderately injured.”

Later in the evening, Provo Police on Facebook said the children’s mother was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but had been upgraded to stable condition.

There was a couple in the second vehicle, which was a white sedan, and one person in a minivan, the first vehicle at the light. Dupaix said they reported some injuries, but he didn’t have any information regarding their condition or whether they were taken to a hospital.

Three people were in the truck that caused the chain-reaction crash, and they also had “moderate injuries.”

Dupaix said it appears that the truck was traveling at the posted speed of 45 mph when it rear-ended the station wagon.

“Some people have said that isn’t very fast, but when you have something moving at 45 miles an hour and it hits a vehicle that’s at a dead stop, the impact can cause serious injury or death,” he told Gephardt Daily.

The later Facebook post only said the truck “crashed into a red station wagon at a high speed.”

The traffic accident investigation team has been interviewing witnesses and talking with everyone who was involved in the crash, Dupaix said.

The investigators also will be measuring vehicles and distances, and collecting as much information as possible to recreate the circumstances of the accident and try to determine exactly how it happened.

Anyone who witnessed this accident is asked to call Provo detectives through Provo City Dispatch at 801-852-6210.

Gephardt Daily will update this developing story as more information is made available.

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