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
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.
400 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City (location of the 2015 crash)
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
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
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