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How and why car hit and killed toddler

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A grandfather sat down to talk with ABC 4 Utah about the person who drove away after hitting his 2-year-old grandson.
"I get the visual of her pushing that stroller and that car hitting it and that stroller with my grandson flying in the air and that car, the person driving, not caring,” -Patrick Barnett
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – A grandfather sat down to talk with ABC 4 Utah about the person who drove away after hitting his 2-year-old grandson.

Patrick Barnett says his daughter was pushing his grandson in a stroller across 5600 South at 4005 South in West Valley.

“I get the visual of her pushing that stroller and that car hitting it and that stroller with my grandson flying in the air and that car the person driving not caring,” said Patrick Barnett

West Valley City Police say Angela Barnett was crossing the road even though there was not a marked crossing. 

Angela walked east past the southbound lanes with no problem. A car in the left hand of the northbound land stopped and acted as a visual barrier for a car in the right lane. A fast moving car hit Gavyn Barnett as his mother pushed him in his stroller. 

“From what I'm told that actual vehicle pulled over for a brief second and then took off,” Patrick said.
 
Gavyn’s family is devastated. His mother is blaming herself for his death because she crossed the road even though there was no crosswalk, but her friends and family don’t blame her. They say it was an accident.

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.

Gavyn’s family has set up a fund to help pay for his funeral. You can give to any Zion’s Bank and give to the “Gavyn” fund.




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