SARATOGA SPRINGS A community is grieving after a 4-year-old boy was run over and killed Thursday morning by an unlicensed 15-year-old driver at a local bus stop.
"Everybody in the neighborhood is extremely saddened," said Joseph Miner, who lives in the quiet private neighborhood west of Utah Lake where the accident took place. "We've been here 3 1/2 years and never seen anything like this."
The boy had gone with his mother to walk an older sibling to the bus stop at the T-intersection of Wagoneer Road and Parkway Boulevard just after 7:30 a.m., when he was run over by a van driven by a 15-year-old boy without a driver's license.
Police say that after the children had boarded the bus at the neighborhood bus stop, the bus pulled out and headed north. The boy then began biking across the street, behind the bus. His mother was still with other parents on the other side of the road.
"There's no crosswalk or markings," Saratoga Springs Cpl. Aaron Rosen said of the area. "But as with all intersections, it's the duty to stop for kids who are crossing."
The van, waiting at Wagoneer Road, turned left after the bus pulled away, also heading north, but failed to see the boy in the road and ran over him.
Police are still investigating whether or not the driver had a learner's permit, where he was going, and if he had permission to be driving the family van, Rosen said.
Rosen thanked several parents on the scene, including a neighbor who is a physician, who did all they could to help the boy until police and medical assistance arrived.
Miner said he was on his way to work when he came upon the intersection just minutes after the accident and stopped to see if he could help.
"This is the bus stop where our boy waits for the bus as well," Miner said.
The victim was transported by medical helicopter to Primary Children's Medical Center but did not survive an operation to address his significant internal injuries. He died later Thursday afternoon.
Another group of students was waiting for a second bus at the stop and several saw the accident take place. Crisis counselors were sent to the children's school to talk with those who might be concerned, Rosen said.
Miner said the neighborhood and the LDS ward are rallying around the family.
"We just want to show ... the family our love and support," he said.
The driver has been interviewed and could possibly face charges through the Utah County Attorney's Office, Rosen said.
Because the neighborhood is on private property, it was crucial that prosecutors look into a citation or charge, Rosen said, since Saratoga Springs officers cannot cite anyone on the streets within the neighborhood, he said."(The driver) is grief-stricken," Rosen said. "His whole young life will not be the same. The little boy's family will not be the same. It's a sad day in the city of Saratoga Springs."
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