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Child Killed in Possible DUI Accident

Jonathan Hernandez9 months ago

A Utah family is mourning the loss of an 8-year-old to a possible DUI accident.

Details about the Fatal Accident

KUTV News is reporting that a family in Utah is mourning the loss of an 8-year-old boy from Payson, who was hit and killed by a woman that police say was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. The boy was riding his skateboard when he was hit.

The accident happened on Sunday afternoon near the intersection of 1000 South and 800 West, the day after 8-year-old Kaydon Sillitoe celebrated his birthday.

According to the boy’s family, he had just gotten the skateboard as a birthday gift and was out riding with his sister at the time of the accident.

The driver of the vehicle that hit Sillitoe was 38-year-old Tabatha Magoon. Magoon is currently behind bars at the Utah County jail, accused of driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident.

Important Information about Driving Under the Influence

Mothers against Drunk Driving indicates that there are dozens of wrongful deaths attributed to drunk driving in Utah every year:

  • In 2013, there were 38 drunk driving fatalities in the state of Utah.
  • There were a total of 11,653 DUI arrests in Utah in 2013.
  • Drunk driving fatalities in Utah represented a total of 17.3 percent of all traffic fatalities.

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