SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A 4-and-a-half-year-old boy died following a car crash Wednesday that left several others injured.
Police identified him as D’mondre Brown and said in a press release he was seated in the front passenger seat of a Dodge Neon without a child restraint or booster seat, although he was wearing a seatbelt.
Following a three-car crash at 10400 South and Bangerter Highway, deployed airbags critically injured D’mondre. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition but shortly died from his injuries.
Lt. Matt Pennington with South Jordan Police said that so far, it looks like the Dodge Neon rear-ended another vehicle that had stopped for traffic backing up in front of it. That vehicle then hit a third vehicle.
According to the press release, the exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The area of the crash has since been re-opened. In their press release, South Jordan Police reminded drivers that Utah law states children up to age 8 must be properly restrained in a car seat or a booster seat, and it is recommended that children under the age of 13 ride in the back seat of a vehicle.
This is a developing story. FOX 13 will update it as more details become available.
Editor’s note: an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated D’mondre’s age as 5 years old. This has since been corrected. He was 4 years old.