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Eagle Mountain girl killed, 2 injured in rainstorm accident

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EAGLE MOUNTAIN — An Eagle Mountain girl was killed in a traffic accident during a rainstorm Thursday afternoon, even though she was strapped into a car seat.

Just before 1 p.m., a pickup truck pulling a flatbed trailer crossed into oncoming traffic on eastbound state Route 73 near Eagle Mountain and hit a passenger vehicle, said Utah Highway Patrol trooper Todd Johnson. The passenger car rolled over and came to rest on its top.

Kaya Parker, 6, was strapped into the passenger car seat but was pronounced dead when authorities arrived, Johnson said. The girl's mother, Elizabeth Parker, 29, was driving the passenger vehicle and was seriously injured. She was transported to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.

The victim's 4-year-old brother, Braylon Parker, was also strapped into a car seat in the passenger car when the crash occurred. He was taken to Primary Children's Medical Center with head trauma, said Johnson. The driver of the pickup, Nathan Schafer, 31, of West Jordan was unharmed.

Why the truck crossed into oncoming traffic was still being investigated Thursday.

— Pat Reavy, Lana Groves