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Condition improving for boy hit by car in Taylorsville

An 11-year-old boy was improving Monday after an auto-pedestrian collision the night before left him in critical condition.
An 11-year-old boy was improving Monday after an auto-pedestrian collision the night before left him in critical condition.
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TAYLORSVILLE — An 11-year-old boy was improving Monday after an auto-pedestrian collision the night before left him in critical condition.

The boy was crossing against a red light at the intersection of 5400 South and 3200 West when he was hit just before 10 p.m. Sunday, said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal.

The boy was critically hurt when he made contact with the front driver side of a Mazda 3, Hoyal said. He was transported by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray and later airlifted to Primary Children's Hospital.

The boy's condition was upgraded Monday morning to serious.

The boy was riding a small scooter south through the intersection, which showed a green light to eastbound and westbound traffic, Hoyal said.

Another vehicle narrowly avoided the boy by swerving, according to the lieutenant. The 23-year-old man driving the Mazda was not hurt.

Two other boys told police they were with the 11-year-old and were waiting for the light to enter the intersection. Hoyal said it isn't clear why the boy didn't wait for the signal to change.

"It's always best to cross with the light because traffic doesn’t know if people are going to be coming or not, especially in an intersection as busy at this one," he said.