Police have identified the teenager who died in a head-on collision early Monday morning as 14-year-old Nevaeh Padilla of Taylorsville.
The 18-year-old driver of the vehicle in which Padilla was riding is in custody.
According to Unified Police, the fatal crash involved a Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling west on 3900 South. It swerved into the eastbound lane and collided with a Nissan sedan about 1 a.m. Tuesday. Padilla was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver and passenger of the Nissan suffered only minor injuries; three other passengers of the Trailblazer were injured and a fourth was not. The driver of the Trailblazer, captured after he fled the scene, was treated for minor injuries and taken into custody.
Police believe the Trailblazer was the same one that was reported driving recklessly about 10:30 p.m. Monday in the Millcreek area. When located by police, the driver sped away, and UPD did not pursue to avoid putting the public at risk. Shortly before 1 a.m., a report of suspicious activity at the Artesian Springs apartments at 4197 S. Main St. in Murray led police to what they believe was the same vehicle, but officers were on foot and did not pursue when the Trailblazer sped off again.
A GoFundMe account has been set up by a friend of Padilla’s family.