Students Mourn Loss, as Crash Victims Recover

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Friends and family gathered at West High School Friday night to mourn the loss of their classmates who died in a high speed crash Thursday. The pregnant woman who was struck by the speeding car still in the hospital.

18 year old Dylan Hernandez, and 17 year old Vidal Pacheco were the students killed, and they were both seniors at West. Investigators said a third student was driving a blue impala more than 70 mph down 300 West. Possibly racing a grey sedan. The car went across several lanes, over a center barrier and crashed into an oncoming SUV.

Karen Skipps was a parents at the vigil whose son knew one of the victims. She said the loss has been hard for many students to cope with.

"It's a shock, it's not something you expect to happen so there is some sadness," said Skipps "but it's also been an opportunity for him to analyze and take a look at things."

The pregnant woman who was struck in the SUV as been identified as 32 year old Amy Stevenson Wilson. Her family said she's been sedated since the crash, but her baby was born by c-section. The family put out this statement:

We are very grateful for hundreds of people who have reached out to us giving us love and support. Our daughter has had serious injuries and the medical staff at the U are working tirelessly to help. She has had several surgeries and continues to be in the ICU. She delivered a baby girl yesterday (via c-section) and she is in the NICU at the U also. It is still too early to tell how things are going to play out, but we are hopeful that they will recover. We are very grateful for the expertise and caring support of the Salt Lake City police and the medical personnel at the University Hospital.

Friends and family have set up a GoFundMe account to try and help with medical expenses.

Salt Lake CIty Police said they also found the grey sedan they had been searching for that was next to the students car when the crash happened. It's unclear if they were racing, but police have also located the driver. They didn't give details and said it's part of an ongoing investigation.

 


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