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Clinton police: Improperly connected child seat factor in toddler’s death

By Bob Mims

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Dec 05 2013 12:43 pm • Last Updated Dec 05 2013 10:46 pm

An improperly connected child restraint seat was likely the primary factor in the death of 3-year-old girl in head-on collision in Clinton, police say.

Clinton Police Chief Bill Chilson said Thursday that Marisol Isabel Guitierrez, who was in a child seat just behind the driver of a Pontiac Grand Am, died in the 2 p.m. Wednesday crash.

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The collision occurred when the westbound Grand Am driven by 26-year-old Joseph Jeffery Dickson veered into the eastbound lane of 1800 North near 1100 West and collided with a Dodge Durango.

An 18-month-old girl, Mariah Gutierrez, was in another, rear-facing child seat and escaped serious injury. Dickson remained in the hospital Thursday in critical condition. Also in critical condition was the Durango’s driver, 43-year-old Amy Bair.

What caused Dickson to cross into oncoming traffic remained under investigation, Chilson said.


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