PERRY, Box Elder County — A 16-year-old girl has died after being hit by a pickup truck crossing a Perry highway Sunday, while a 14-year-old girl who was with her remains in "extremely critical condition," police said.
Perry Police Sgt. Scott Hancey confirmed that the older teen died early Monday at a Salt Lake hospital. She and the 14-year-old were attempting to cross U.S. 89 near 3484 South about 4 p.m. Sunday when they were hit by a northbound pickup truck.
Both girls were taken from the scene by medical helicopter in "extremely critical condition," according to Hancey. The 16-year-old was taken to Salt Lake City, while the 14-year-old was transported to a hospital in Ogden, where Hancey said she remained Monday.
Hancey said the crash remains under investigation. The man who was driving the pickup truck was uninjured and is cooperating with police, he said.
The girls are both Perry residents and are friends, Hancey said. It is unknown why the girls were attempting to cross the highway, which he said is done regularly but is not advisable.Comment on this story
"It's kind of common, especially with these fruit stands (to have) people running across to get their fruits and vegetables," Hancey said, emphasizing, "Do not cross that highway."
The accident has taken a toll on the community, he said.
"When something like this happens here in Perry, it's such a close-knit city, it really affects everybody. Everybody knows everybody out here. It's one big family," Hancey said.
Additional information about the teens has not been released.