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16-year-old girl killed in crash after driver runs red light in Provo

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Posted at 6:51 AM, Apr 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-16 22:29:26-04

PROVO, Utah — A 16-year-old girl suffered fatal injuries in a car crash in Provo Friday night, and police said the driver of the other vehicle apparently ran a red light while working with a GPS device.

The accident occurred at around 10:20 p.m. on the northbound ramp to Interstate 15 from Center Street.

Family members attending a vigil Saturday night identified the victim as 16-year-old River Ackley of Pleasant Grove.

A black GMC Yukon occupied by five people was traveling north on Center Street, and a silver Dodge Ram, with the driver as the sole occupant, was stopped at a red light facing westbound at the intersection of the I-15 ramp and Center Street, according to a Facebook post from Provo police.

As the driver of the Yukon entered the intersection, the driver of the truck went into the intersection while the light was still red, according to the post. Police said later Saturday the driver was working with a GPS device and had believed the signal turned green, when in reality it was still red.

The vehicles collided, with the front end of the truck hitting the passenger side of the Yukon. According to the post, the Yukon careened of the Dodge Ram and hit the traffic light pole on the rear driver side.

The passenger sitting in the back seat on the driver’s side of the Yukon died due to injures sustained in the accident. Police have not identified the victim, but have said she is a 16-year-old girl.

The deceased was not wearing a seat belt.

River Ackley via GoFundMe

Photo courtesy River Ackley “Gone too Soon” Fund via GoFundMe.

Loved ones gathered for a vigil at Pleasant Grove High School Saturday night, and they created a GoFundMe account called “River Ackley ‘Gone too Soon’ Fund” to help the family with expenses in the wake of the death.

Others involved in the crash were treated for moderate injuries.