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Payson boy recovering from hit-and-run crash while walking on sidewalk

Police say driver later turned himself in

Adam Peavler, 9, is recovering from being hit by a truck while walking on a sidewalk in Payson on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Police are looking for the driver, who drove off after the crash.
Adam Peavler, 9, is recovering from being hit by a truck while walking on a sidewalk in Payson on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Police are looking for the driver, who drove off after the crash.
Bonnie Stringham

SALT LAKE CITY — A 9-year-old Payson is expected to remain hospitalized for several days after he was hit by a truck while walking on a sidewalk, police say.

About 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, the driver of a Chevy four-door truck hit the boy near 100 East and 800 South in Payson, according to a statement from police. The truck then continued down the sidewalk before turning onto Canyon Road.

The boy was taken to a local hospital in serious condition.

Payson police issued a statement on their Facebook page informing residents about what happened, and asking them for information about the truck that drove off.

Jason Broadhead, 22, of Payson, saw the post Thursday morning and realized that the description of the vehicle matched his truck and he was in the area at the time of the crash, according to police. Broadhead told police he was driving home from work and was drowsy and “may have closed his eyes and when he awoke he found that he was on the sidewalk,” police said.

But Broadhead claimed he did not know he hit anyone and did not find any damage to his truck when he checked, said Payson Police Sgt. Noemi Sandoval. Investigators later confirmed there was little damage to the truck which would have indicated that he hit someone.

Still, Sandoval said Broadhead decided to go to the police station and report what he knew, she said.

Investigators determined Broadhead was the driver. But because of his cooperation, he was not booked into jail, Sandoval said. He was issued a citation for failing to remain at the scene of an accident and formal charges will be screened by the Utah County Attorney’s Office.

On Facebook, the boy’s mother, Bonnie Stringham, posted pictures of her son, Adam Peavler, from the hospital. The boy can be seen with a brace on his neck and numerous wounds on his face.

“There were a few other kids with him that said a big white truck drove up onto the sidewalk to hit him and drove over him. The truck drove off. Adam is ok. Banged up very badly and a pretty serious concussion. Facial fracture that doesn’t appear too serious,” she posted.

A follow-up post a few hours later stated, “Adam is as okay as can be expected. He hurts so badly and his sweet face is just so swollen. There’s not much to say other than thank you to everyone for your caring and concern and for your thoughts and prayers. It is all felt. I have no idea who did this or why. I wish so badly I would have been there to protect him, but I know he had angels with him. He will be recovering for some weeks, I am sure. It is truly a miracle that this wasn’t worse. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for caring.”

A GoFundMe campaign was launched Thursday to help raise money for the family to pay for medical bills.

According to court records, Broadhead was convicted of driving on a suspended license in 2017, being an alcohol restricted driver in 2016.