EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah, May 2, 2022 (Gephardt Daily ) — Two young children were fatally injured Monday night in Eagle Mountain, when the driver of a speeding SUV crashed through multiple fences and into a corral where the children were playing.
“Both children were killed,” said UCSO spokesperson Sgt. Spencer Cannon, in a twitter post shortly after the 9 p.m. incident.
Three occupants in the SUV suffered critical or serious injuries, he said.
Cannon was still at the scene of the crash at 11 p.m. Monday night when he spoke to Gephardt Daily.
“We’re just getting ready to go to the hospital and arrest the driver,” he said. “I’m looking forward to helping out with that.”
Surprisingly, the 19-year-old driver’s injuries are minor enough that he may not need to be admitted to the hospital, Cannon said. “We might be able to book him into jail tonight.”
The other occupants of the car, all in the same age range, are expected to survive their injuries.
Cannon said witnesses estimated the driver’s speed at 100 mph or more, while at one point driving on the wrong side of the road and also running a stop sign. He plowed through four or more fences and barriers, Cannon said, traveling an estimated 345 feet after leaving the roadway.
Traffic was light on the road, but several drivers phoned in what they witnessed, Cannon said.
The deceased are two 3-year-old boys, unrelated, who were playing with toys in the corral at the time of their death at Cedar Valley stables in Eagle Mountain.
The children’s names have yet to be released.
Gephardt Daily will update the story as details become available.