A 9-year-old boy has died after he was struck by an SUV that allegedly drifted into the bike lane, police say.
He and another 9-year-old boy were hit while biking eastbound on 11400 S near 2100 W in South Jordan on Wednesday morning. Based on the initial investigation, the driver drifted over into the bike lane, hit the children and dragged them 150-200 feet before stopping, said South Jordan Police spokesperson Eric Anderson.
Anderson said the driver of the SUV, a 44-year-old woman, is cooperating with police. The names of the children have not been released.
The South Jordan Police Crash Team is still investigating the crash. Six other crashes have occurred this year near the intersection of 2100 W and 11400 S, Anderson said.
“We’re really just trying to emphasize traffic safety,” Anderson said. “It’s really just being cautious when you’re driving out there and it’s not just for your own safety but it’s for other people as well, especially kids on bikes.”
South Jordan Mayor Dawn Ramsey said in a video statement that she hasn’t spoken with the family of the child that passed, but extends her heartfelt condolences.
“There’s so much we as a community can do to work hard to ensure safety on our roads,” Ramsey said. “We’re going to continue to work hard to do that and ask you to join us in doing all we can to keep our community safe.”