Child hit by car in Salt Lake City, driver suspected of DUI

A toddler was struck by a car near 1765 W. 400 North in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 15, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A child was transported to the hospital Saturday evening after she was struck by a car as she crossed the street near her home.

Lt. Russ Amott, Salt Lake City Police Department, said the accident happened near 1765 W. 400 North, when a car came up the street at a high rate of speed and hit the 2- or 3-year-old child, dragging her a short distance.

People in the area who witnessed the accident called 911.

It was unclear if the child was unattended at the time of the incident.

Amott said the driver, an adult male, got out of his car and waited on the sidewalk for police to arrive.

Paramedics transported the girl in “extremely critical condition,” but she was stabilized at the hospital, and it was determined that her injuries are not life-threatening. Amott said she is expected to make a full recovery.

The driver of the car was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI and possible speeding/reckless driving, Amott said.


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