A young girl died of injuries sustained when an SUV slammed into a tree near a Sugar House intersection late Wednesday night, Salt Lake City police say.
The child’s mother, who was driving the vehicle when it crashed, was taken to University Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, said Salt Lake City police Detective Keith Horrocks.
The accident, near 2700 South and Chadwick Street (roughly 1400 East), was first reported at 10 p.m.
Horrocks said the SUV was westbound on 2700 South when it suddenly crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck the tree.
The girl, identified as 4-year-old Lila Johanson, was given CPR by off-duty medical personnel who happened to live in the area, heard the crash and rushed to the scene. However, the child later died at the hospital.
SLCPD is investigating the cause of the crash, including whether the victim was properly restrained in a child seat in the back of the SUV.
However, Horrocks said that there were no initial indications that alcohol or speed were factors in the accident.
A GoFundMe page has been established in the girl’s name to raise funding for funeral and other expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/funeral-expenses-for-lila-johanson