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FAMILY REACTION: Car hits and kills toddler

WEST VALLEY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A grandfather sat down to talk with ABC 4 Utah about the car that drove away after hitting his 2-year-old grandson.
“He was a very happy go lucky guy. Red curly hair-- freckles,” -Patrick Barnett
WEST VALLEY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A grandfather sat down to talk with ABC 4 Utah about the car that drove away after hitting his 2-year-old grandson.

Doctor's removed Gavyn Barnett's life support Tuesday morning because of the severe injuries to his brain and body. 

“He was a very happy go lucky guy. Red curly hair freckles,” said his grandfather, Patrick Barnett.

Patrick said he loved watching his grandson’s personality bloom.  “He liked little cars…grandpa throw call throw ball. He would try to throw it as far as he could,” he said.

This growing relationship ended June 11 at 9:45 p.m. when Gavyn's mother was pushing him in a stroller across 5600 West at 4005 South in West Valley.

“This person in my opinion had to have been going very fast.  From what I understand the baby's stroller was split in two,” Patrick said.

There was no crosswalk where Gavyn was hit.  Patrick suspects his daughter was crossing in the dark because she can’t drive and because the nearest
crosswalk is a considerable distance away.

Patrick and his daughter Angela Barnett are devastated.  Gavyn’s death was an accident, but his family doesn’t understand when the person who hit him drove away.  “I have no explanation how any person could do that. We're talking about an innocent child,” Patrick said.

Police continue to search for the driver who hit and killed Gavyn. The car is a silver, gray or white sports car with a fin on the back. Police believe it will have front end damage because of the crash.

His family has set up a fund to help pay for Gavyn’s funeral. Give to the “Gavyn” fund at any Zion’s Bank.



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