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7-year-old Texas boy killed in rollover; grandma critically injured

A 7-year-old boy is dead and his grandmother is in critical condition after a rollover accident early Thursday.
A 7-year-old boy is dead and his grandmother is in critical condition after a rollover accident early Thursday.
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HOWELL, Box Elder County — A 7-year-old Texas boy died and his grandmother was critically injured following a rollover crash Thursday.

A pickup truck carrying two children and their grandparents was traveling west on I-84 just past the small town of Howell when it drifted off the road, overcorrected and rolled about 5:20 a.m., Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce said.

The 7-year-old boy, Joey Garza, of San Juan, Texas, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the truck during the crash, according to UHP. Just after the crash the boy was seen walking on the roadway trying to flag down other vehicles before he collapsed, had a seizure and stopped breathing.

Emergency crews arrived but were unable to resuscitate Joey, who died at the scene.

The boy's grandmother, Irma Garza, 65, of Edcouch, Texas, sustained critical head injuries and was transported by medical helicopter to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden.

The driver, Praxis Garza-Salina, 66, and the other child, 10-year-old Valerie Garza, were not injured in the crash.

The family was traveling from Texas to Washington to visit the children's father, according to Royce. The family had left Texas on Wednesday morning.

Fatigue appears to be the primary cause of the accident, he said.