MEDIA AVAILABILITY: UDOT warns: the scariest part of Halloween is pedestrian crashes

For Immediate Release:

UDOT warns: the scariest part of Halloween is pedestrian crashes

Crash survivors emphasize the need for trick-or-treaters to be seen and safe this Halloween

WHAT:

In 2015, four Utahns, including three children under the age of four, were hit in a crosswalk while trick-or-treating. Two years later, the family will gather at the crash site with the Utah Department of Transportation to share their story in hopes of encouraging everyone to stay safe this Halloween and always.

October is the deadliest month in Utah for pedestrian crashes. Dusk, dawn and dark hours increase the risk for an auto-pedestrian crash. Nearly half of all Utah pedestrian fatalities happen between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight.

WHERE:

400 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City (location of the 2015 crash)

WHEN:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

WHO:

  • Parent hit by the truck: Keith Simmon

  • Children hit by the truck: Eleanor Simmon, Frederick Simmon and Tovah Davis

  • Witnesses of the crash: Anna Simmon, Brett and Amy Davis

VISUALS:

  • Children in their Halloween costumes

  • The same intersection where the crash occurred in 2015

  • Reflective gear and lights display: reflective gear, stickers, lights and other simple solutions for trick-or-treaters of all ages

 

-UDOT-

MEDIA CONTACT:
John Gleason
UDOT Public Information Officer
jgleason@utah.gov
Cell: 801-560-7740

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