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Mother and 2-year-old twins hit by car, one child killed in Taylorsville

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Police investigate an auto-pedestrian accident in which a mother and her 2-year-old twins were hit by a vehicle in Taylorsville on Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

TAYLORSVILLE — In what police are calling a “horrifically tragic accident,” a mother and her 2-year-old twin daughters were hit by a vehicle in Taylorsville Tuesday afternoon, killing one of the children. 

The mother and other child were taken to a hospital in critical condition, according to Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray. Additional information about the family was not released Tuesday.

Shortly before 3 p.m, the driver of a gold sedan stopped abruptly at 5095 S. 3200 West after a dog ran into the road. Security footage shows the sedan braking and swerving slightly towards the sidewalk to avoid the dog, when it is rear-ended by a white pickup truck. The impact sends the sedan careening over the curb and onto the sidewalk where it momentarily pinned the mother and the stroller between the car and a large cinder block wall.

The sedan’s airbags were deployed during the impact, which left a large hole in the concrete wall and scattered debris across the sidewalk.

Gray noted the shocking and tragic factors that came together to cause the accident.

“The reality is we have a stroller on the sidewalk. They weren’t on the road crossing against traffic or anything. This is just really a tragedy,” Gray said.

No other injuries were reported, and police were still looking for the owner of the dog Tuesday afternoon.

The mangled stroller was visible as police investigated the scene Tuesday afternoon, still sitting on the sidewalk partly wedged in the hole in the wall. Later that night, flowers and balloons lined the sidewalk as mourners came to the scene to create a makeshift memorial for the family.