Kearns teen hit by car ‘stable but critical’ Wednesday

By Jim Dalrymple II

The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: March 13, 2013 08:41AM
Updated: March 13, 2013 11:16PM

A teenage Kearns boy remained in critical condition Wednesday after a car hit him as he walked to school Tuesday.

Walter Peralta, 15, was hit just before 7:15 a.m. near 5300 W. 5400 South in Kearns, according to Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. Wednesday morning Hoyal said Peralta’s condition remained unchanged from the night before, when he was “extremely critical, but stable.”

The boy and three other teenagers were crossing from the north to the south side of the street, Hoyal explained, when an eastbound car stopped to wait for them. A Chevrolet Metro then swerved to miss the stopped car but didn’t see the pedestrians and hit Peralta.

The 49-year-old man driving the car was not injured. The accident shattered the car’s windshield and police temporarily had to divert traffic.

The teens were on their way to nearby Kearns High School when the accident happened. Hoyal said they were in a spot that doesn’t have a crosswalk. Also, lighting in the area is minimal and it was still dark. The teenagers also were wearing dark clothing, Hoyal said.

jdalrymple@sltrib.com

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