UPDATE (1/14/23 at 12:05 p.m.): The 14-year-old boy, identified as Zander Jones, succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a pickup truck on Thursday evening, and passed away at the hospital on the evening of Friday, January 12.
A statement by Summit County Sheriff said, “We send our sincerest condolences to the Jones family and friends, Zander’s friend who was with him at the time of the accident, the driver of the truck, and all the first responders involved in this tragic accident. Hug your loved ones often…”
The Jones family has asked for privacy at this time to grieve the loss of their son.
SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah— At 5:58 p.m. on Thursday, Summit County Sheriff received a 911 call reporting an auto-pedestrian accident. Two teenage boys were on separate 4-wheelers riding on a path running parallel to Echo Road near Echo, Utah. This road is a frontage road running parallel to Interstate 84.
The boys left the path and went onto Echo Road, where one of the boys parked his four-wheeler on the shoulder, and the other boy parked next to him. The second boy was not on the shoulder but instead in the travel lane.
Captain Andrew Wright of Summit County Sheriff was told the boy in the travel lane had turned off his 4-wheeler to make a phone call, and by turning off his 4-wheeler, this turned off the lights as well.
A pickup truck was traveling on Echo Road and did not see the boy on the 4-wheeler in the dark due to his lights being off, and hit the boy and the 4-wheeler.
The boy suffered life-threatening critical injuries and was airlifted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City in very critical condition. The driver of the truck received minor injuries and is cooperating with the investigation.
According to the Sheriff, this appears to be a tragic accident. The other boy was not injured.