American Fork, UT (June 21, 2021) – A 9-year-old boy was found dead on Wednesday, July 20, after police say he was left inside a hot car in the American Fork area.
American Fork officers responded to a call around 1:30 p.m. after the child was found inside the vehicle by witnesses. The vehicle was parked outside of a business, authorities reported. Lt. Police spokesperson Josh Christensen said that the boy was in the car for up to two hours before he was discovered.
A medical helicopter was called to the scene and rushed the child to an area medical center, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival. Christensen said that the car was turned off, the windows were rolled up, and the doors were closed.
The vehicle was parked outside of Roost Services, an organization that helps youths and adults with developmental disabilities, on 42 North 200 East. Christensen said that initial reports indicated the boy was picked up and brought here by a Roost staff member, though he says multiple individuals were involved in his transport.
Police said an investigation is ongoing, and officers have not yet determined whether charges will be filed.
We would like to offer our condolences to the family of the deceased victim.
Wrongful deaths are deaths that arise from the wrongful act, default, or neglect of another person. Sadly, wrongful deaths are a fairly typical result of vehicle accidents or other incidents related to being on the road. Hot car deaths are just one of many devastating results of travel by car.
In 2016, just one year across the state of Utah, more than 250 victims were killed during deadly auto accidents alone. Several hundred lives are lost each year due to some kind of avoidable accident, including those caused by distracted driving, DUI, or even hot car deaths.
Unfortunately, a record 53 children died of vehicular heatstroke in 2019 alone. Even in 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, 25 children still lost their lives in hot cars.
However, after a person has died in one of these preventable incidents, immediate members of their family may be eligible to hire a Utah wrongful death attorney and seek financial compensation via a civil claim.
When injuries occur as a result of another person’s negligence or a life is lost because of someone else’s reckless actions, victims and their families need to seek legal counsel from an accident attorney in Salt Lake City. Whenever somebody is hurt and another person is the cause, the victim or their family may be able to obtain compensation for their many losses, from expensive medical bills to funerary costs and more.
At Jardine Law Offices P. C., our Utah personal injury and wrongful death attorneys see to it that our clients get justice. We do everything possible for our clients to collect the maximum amount of compensation allowed for their claims. Furthermore, we have years of experience fighting for victims and their families, and we will stop at nothing to ensure you secure justice for you and yours.
If you were injured in an accident because of another person’s reckless actions or have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party, please talk to our Utah injury attorneys at (801) 350-3506 as soon as possible. We are ready to help you schedule your free, no-hassle claim evaluation at your earliest convenience.
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