Driver accused of texting behind the wheel injures three Midvale girls

Driver accused of texting behind the wheel injures three Midvale girls

MIDVALE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A driver believed to be texting behind the wheel is being blamed for injuring three young Midvale girls. Police said he didn't see the girls crossing the street, and hit them with his car.
MIDVALE, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – A driver believed to be texting behind the wheel is being blamed for injuring three young Midvale girls. Police said he didn't see the girls crossing the street, and hit them with his car.

People in the Midvale neighborhood where the crash occurred are in shock 

"My heart dropped," said Jaime Ammons, aunt of injured girl.

"This is nothing that's okay. It's not okay, it’s just not okay," said Tammie Brito, neighbor.

Tuesday a driver police believed was texting behind the wheel hit three young girls crossing the street.

"After he hit the first two, she tried to go backwards and he swerved and got her," said Dianna Lee, witness.

Police said the girls were walking home from school, and were in the middle of the crosswalk at 700 West 8000 South but the driver didn't see them.

"I hope they're okay and will survive," said Kaylee Ray, friend of girls injured.

"This is a very sad reminder to the motorists that texting while driving is very dangerous, three children were hurt today as a result of someone not paying attention and texting while driving," said Lt. Justin Hoyal, Unified Police Dept.

Police said the youngest girl suffered severe head injuries, the two others were hurt as well. All three were rushed to the hospital. One of them is 14 year old Jennifer O'Dell. Tuesday ABC 4 Utah’s Brian Carlson spoke to her aunt who said the family is pretty shook up. Her niece has been in serious condition.

"She has stitches in her head, trying to keep the bleeding, they said something about cat scans said something about her shoulder," said Ammons.

She’s urging other drivers to stop texting on the road.

"Please slow down and don't text and drive or talk on your phone because it's not worth it, lives are more important," Ammons said.

At last check, two girls of the three girls were released home from the hospital including O’Dell. The youngest girl who suffered head trauma is still being treated at Primary Children’s Medical Center.

ABC 4 Utah is told the driver could face up to six months in jail on possible misdemeanor charges.

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