CEDAR CITY, Utah, Sept. 19, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A 13-year-old boy who died after he was struck by a car while playing night games in Cedar City has been identified.
The deceased is Noehren Eggett, from Cedar City, Sgt. Jerry Womack, Cedar City Police Department said in a news release Tuesday.
Noehren was in the area of 2400 W. Cross Hollows Road at about 8:44 p.m. Saturday when he entered the roadway and was struck by a sedan. He was transported to Cedar City Hospital, then airlifted to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.
Womack said his office was informed Sunday that the teen had succumbed to his injuries.
Friends of Noehren’s family have set up a YouCaring fundraising campaign to assist with medical bills and funeral expenses. The page also has a tribute:
“Noehren Eggett (affectionately known as ‘Dory’ by his friends) has peacefully left this world and stepped across the veil where he has been reunited with his dad.
“During his short 13 years, Noehren touched the hearts and lives of many people! He will always be remembered for his big smile, his kind heart, his sense of humor and his willingness to think of others before himself. Noehren was always the first person to hold the door and offer a helping hand to his sisters (he is the ONLY boy in a blended family of 11 girls).
“Words cannot describe how much Noehren will be deeply missed by his family and friends.”
The tribute goes on to elaborate on what occurred the night of the accident.
“One of Noehren’s favorite things to do was spend time with his friends,” the post says. “On the night of September 16, 2017, Noehren was playing night games in Cedar City when he crossed a dark street and was struck by a car going approximately 40 mph. He was knocked unconscious and suffered a severe brain injury (with no fault to the driver – our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to him, too).
“We know that God has a plan for Noehren and he is fulfilling his mission on the other side of the veil. Noehren was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Cedar City and then Life-Flighted to Dixie Regional Hospital in St. George. All possible means were exhausted in order to save Noehren’s life, but his brain injuries were too severe, and he was pronounced dead on Sunday morning, September 17, 2017.”
Noehren will be an organ donor, the statement says.
“The silver lining behind this heartbreaking story is that Noehren’s body is in excellent physical condition and the doctors are hopeful that he will be a strong organ donor for up to six people. We ask that you please continue to pray for the Axelson/Eggett family, the driver and the friends of Noehren who witnessed this tragic event.”
Womack said the night games — probably things like hide and seek or tag, he said — were being played by a group including children and adults. They were near a roadway, which has a 45 mph speed limit.
The driver was alone in the car, and was not injured. The street is in a rural area, and was probably very dark, Womack said.
Anyone who would like to donate can find the YouCaring page for Noehren here. As of Tuesday at 2 p.m., the page had raised $3,905 of a $20,000 goal.