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WVC police educate pedestrians after fatal hit-and-run

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 19:33:35-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A week after a toddler was killed in a hit-and-run accident in West Valley City, police are working to educate people about pedestrian safety.

Monday night, West Valley City police were at the intersection where 2-year-old Gavyn Barnett was killed, and they were educating pedestrians about crossing busy streets safely. The intersection is at 4000 South and 5600 West.

Sgt. Chad Evans, West Valley City Police Department, said they talked to people about the differences between a controlled and uncontrolled intersection.

"We've talked to them about how pedestrians in uncontrolled intersections have to yield the right away to vehicles... where most people are crossing at controlled intersections and automatically--it's just normal for traffic to have to yield to them, but it's different at a uncontrolled intersection, and most people don't know that."

Police spoke to motorists as well as about the dangers posed by people crossing at busy intersections.

Police have not made any arrests in connection with the accident that killed Barnett, and they are asking anyone with information to contact them.

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