CRIME, POLICE + COURTS

5-year-old dead after South Jordan Parkway accident

Jan 30, 2019, 6:36 PM | Updated: 7:41 pm
A 5-year-old boy was killed in a crash in South Jordan on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, police said. Sh...
A 5-year-old boy was killed in a crash in South Jordan on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, police said. Shortly after 4 p.m., an eastbound vehicle failed to stop and caused a chain-reaction crash involving two other cars at 3700 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan Police Lt. Matt Pennington said. (Winston Armani, Deseret News)

SOUTH JORDAN — A 5-year-old is dead after a three-car accident at 3700 West South Jordan Parkway Monday afternoon.

The accident happened at the start of rush hour, around 4 this afternoon. It affected roads around that area for hours, blocking the eastbound lanes on South Jordan Parkway between 4000 W. and Bangerter Highway since it happened.

South Jordan Police Lieutenant Matt Pennington says the car the child was riding in failed to stop, causing a rear-ending the car in front and causing a chain reaction of fender benders.

“The two vehicles that were hit — there are minor injuries to the people involved with that, nothing substantial,” says Lt. Pennington.

That 5-year-old was riding in the front seat of the car, along with two other children and an adult male, who was driving.

Lt. Pennington says they are not sure if the child was wearing a seat belt or not at this time, but that he was not in any sort of child restraint. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

“Unfortunately, the airbag deployment caused substantial injuries to that child,” says Lt. Pennington.

Police were told just after 5 p.m. that the child had died at Riverton Hospital.

The boy’s name has not yet been released pending family notification and further investigation.

This story is developing and will continue to be updated. 

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