Unlicensed teen rolls vehicle in Cache County; 12-year-old passenger ejected

Posted at 3:27 PM, Mar 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-31 17:27:59-04

CACHE COUNTY, Utah — A 12-year-old girl was flown to a Salt Lake City hospital with life-threatening injuries after her older sister rolled the vehicle she was riding in late Monday night, officials confirmed Tuesday.

At approximately 11 p.m., Cache County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the single-vehicle accident on 2400 West in Amalga, about 11 miles north of Logan.

An unlicensed 16-year-old girl was driving. Her 19-year-old brother was also in the car, according to the sheriff’s office. The Cache Valley children were not wearing seat belts.

“There are two sharp turns in that area. If you’re going to fast you can go off the road,” said Lt. Brian Locke with the sheriff’s office.

Locke said the two teens hit the windshield and the 12-year-old was ejected.

When deputies arrived on scene the two older siblings were standing outside the car attempting to care for their younger sister, Locke said.

The 16-year-old and 19-year-old were taken to a local hospital while the 12-year-old was air lifted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Locke said it is unknown why the 16-year-old was driving, but there are no indications that drugs or alcohol were involved.

It is unknown how the accident occurred or if speed was an issue.

“This is more of a seat belt issue than anything,” Locke said. “And people wonder why we have these primary seat belt laws.”

The condition of the children is unknown.

The accident is still under investigation. More information will be provided as it becomes available.