6-year-old boy fatally injured in tragic Utah County accident

File Photo: Gephardt Daily/Patrick Benedict

PROVO, Utah, Nov. 29, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A 6-year-old Provo boy was killed Friday morning after being struck by a utility vehicle driven his father, who was removing snow.

“He was basically riding on his father’s lap, and he fell when his father reversed,” Sgt. Quin Fackrell, Utah County Sheriff’s Department, told Gephardt Daily.

“It happened at the same time the father was dropping the bucket apparatus, and the child sustained head injuries.”

The 911 call came in at 8:15 a.m and crews raced to the scene at the BYU-owned Aspen Grove Lodge and Conference Center, at 521 N. Alpine Loop Scenic Byway. The accident happened in the Aspen Grove Family Camp.

The man was clearing snow with his two sons, age 6 and 9.

A statement released Friday afternoon by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office adds some details:

This generic photo shows the brand of utility vehicle involved in the accident. Photo: U.S. Air National Guard/Master Sgt. Erin McNamara

“While doing that, the equipment bounced or lurched, causing the 6-year-old-boy to fall forward, out of the seating area, and into the path of the Skid Steer. The boy sustained critical injuries when the bucket or arm of the Skid Steer struck his head.

“His father immediately began administering CPR until paramedics arrived from North Fork Fire Department.  Paramedics determined the boys injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead at the scene.”

The body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Taylorsville.

Fackrell called the incident a”horrible accident” and the father was “devastated” by his loss.

Fackrell said the family resides in the area where the accident took place, which is northwest of the Sundance Resort in Provo Canyon.

The name of the victim will be released after more family members have been notified, the UCSO statement says.

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