'It's probably the most harmful': Neighbors say space the place mother, youngsters have been hit by automobile will not be protected


A mother and two of her children were hit by a car in a Sandy crosswalk Tuesday morning. Neighbors in the area said it’s a busy and dangerous spot.

Ken Cochrane has lived on Sego Lilly Drive in Sandy for 25 years, near the crosswalk where the family was hit.

As time has passed, he said he’s noticed the road getting busier — especially by the crosswalk.

“It’s probably the spot on the road that it’s the most dangerous,” he said.

Cochrane said he’s seen a lot of near-misses between people on the crosswalk and drivers.

“There are some close calls,” he said.

But Tuesday morning’s crash, Cochrane said, is “the worst” he’s seen.

“This one right here, is the worst one that’s happened, in 24 years,” he said.

Sandy Police Sgt. Jason Nielsen said the mother and her two children, a 3-year-old and 17-month-old in a stroller, were hit by a driver in the crosswalk. Nielsen said the warning lights at the crosswalk were activated.

The driver stayed at the scene and was fully cooperating with officers, Nielsen said. She was visibly shaken and upset, and told police she just didn’t see the family. Police don’t believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing, but Nielsen had a message for other drivers:

“Always be alert, always pay attention to your surroundings and scanning ahead while you’re driving,” he said.

The injured mother and children were taken to Alta View Hospital. The baby was then flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in critical condition. Later in the afternoon, both children were in stable condition, police said.

Cochrane said the flashing warning lights at the crosswalk were put in about a year ago.

“Even the crosswalk wasn’t working good enough,” he said.

But even with a light, he said he’s not sure it’s enough.

“It works a little bit, but I see people with the light on and people have to stop. It’s on, and they still just go right past them,” he said.

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