Girl hit by car in Payson expected to be removed from life support
A Payson teen, struck and critically injured when she and three friends were hit by a car while crossing a dark, rural road in Payson is expected to be removed from life support, the Utah Highway Patrol said Sunday.
Courtney Osborn, 13, suffered severe head trauma and multiple other injuries when she was hit by a car about 11:24 p.m. Saturday while running across State Road 147 near 9200 South just north of Payson.
Osborn was being treated at Primary Children's Medical Center, where she was taken by helicopter. Also at the hospital was 13-year-old Jared Fillmore, who suffered multiple broken bones and head trauma. No condition update was available for him on Sunday.
Haylee Burr, 15, and Shanece Reynold, 13, were also injured. Both were treated and released for minor leg injuries.
The four teens had been at a party in the area just before the crash. It was not clear on Sunday why the four had decided to cross the highway, which has no streetlights, UHP Sgt. Jacob Cox said.
The driver of the car, 17-year-old Shanae Sainsbury, who was driving a late model Honda Civic, was not injured.
An initial investigation suggests neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be a factor in the accident for either the four teens or Saisnbury, UHP said.
The speed limit on the highway is 55 mph, and Sainsbury was not speeding, Cox said.
"I don't know there was much of anything that she could have done to avoid the collision," he added.
Cox said it was not clear Sunday whether Sainsbury would be cited for the crash.
The investigation was ongoing Sunday, and Cox said UHP troopers had not yet interviewed the surviving teens.
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