ROOSEVELT — An investigation into the death of a 22-month-old girl who was run over Thursday by an underage driver has been hampered by inconsistent statements from the families of the victim and the driver, police said Monday.

Franchesca Isabel Montes died at Uintah Basin Medical Center of injuries sustained when she was run over in the driveway of her home by an SUV, Roosevelt police confirmed. The driver was a 14-year-old girl whose mother was a passenger in the SUV.

Neither the teen driver nor her mother saw the toddler as they drove forward on a gravel driveway leaving the home of Montes' foster parents at 350 W. 150 North, shortly before 4 p.m., according to a police statement. One witness told police he found Montes lying in the driveway a short time later but didn't know what had happened to her.

Montes' family took her to the medical center, which is a few blocks from their home. Hospital staff notified law enforcement of the incident.

Investigators began questioning people who were home at time of the incident but said they received conflicting statements from several of the people they interviewed. Police learned Friday that two other adults had been at the home when Montes was run over, prompting another round of interviews.

Roosevelt police said they intend to forward their findings to the Duchesne County Attorney's Office for possible criminal charges against the underage driver and her mother.

A memorial service for Montes is set for Tuesday at Hullinger Mortuary in Roosevelt at 11 a.m. She will be buried in the Fort Duchesne Cemetery.


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