ENSENADA, Baja California Peninusla, Mexico, June 5, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Orem resident and Vivint Smart Homes CEO Todd Pedersen was shaken but otherwise unhurt Saturday when the vehicle he was driving in the Baja 500 off-road race struck and killed an 8-year-old spectator and injured the boy’s mother.
The Baja 500 organization released the following statement about the accident:
“Racer Todd Pedersen, Orem, Utah, while negotiating a turn entering the Ensenada wash and attempting to avoid some fans, eventually hit three spectators.
“An 8-year old boy was fatally injured in the accident, according to police on the scene. He was transported to an Ensenada hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
“The boy’s mother was hospitalized and is reported in stable condition at a hospital in Ensenada with head and leg injuries. The identities of the two victims were not released.”
No information was provided about the third person injured in the crash.
Pedersen also released a statement on the incident:
“I’m devastated by the tragic accident that happened this weekend. My heart goes out to the family at this time.”
The YouTube video below shows the accident from a distance. Although it is not graphic, it may be disturbing to some, so view at your own discretion.
Pedersen, 47, founded what would become Vivint Smart Home in 1997 in Provo. The company, which specializes in home security products, bought sponsorship, including naming rights for the former Delta Center in Salt Lake City. The Vivint Smart Home Arena is home to Utah Jazz during the basketball season.