7-year-old killed in ATV accident in Tooele Co.

Posted at 7:27 PM, May 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-13 13:23:25-04

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah – A 7-year-old girl was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident Sunday in Middle Canyon.

Wade Matthews, public information officer with Tooele County, said the accident happened at 4:14 p.m.

Miranda Anderson was riding on the ATV on a seat in front of the driver, Chad Tharp, when it went off the right side of the road. A tree branch punctured Miranda's neck, ultimately leading to her death.

Miranda's father was following them on a motorcycle. He took Miranda on the motorcycle and drove back down the canyon to meet with emergency responders.

Officials with the Tooele County Sheriff's Office took a blood sample from Tharp to determine if there were any drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the crash.