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10-year-old boy dies from injuries in high-speed crash in downtown Moab that killed his father

Police say pickup was going 70-80 mph, sent victim's vehicle half a block
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Posted at 12:18 AM, Feb 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 10:30:05-05

MOAB, Utah — A 10-year-old boy has died from injuries he suffered Sunday in a high speed crash in downtown Moab.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, the Moab Police Department said Israel Camey passed away Tuesday night.

The boy's father, 45-year-old Vilsar Camey, was killed in the crash.

The post expressed sympathies to the Camey family and said counseling will be available to students at all Grand County School District schools.

According to Moab City Police, 41-year-old Benjamin Thomas Balls, of Hyde Park, Utah, was driving a pickup truck in downtown Moab when he collided with two vehicles at Center and Main Street.

Police say that just minutes before the crash, multiple 911 calls reported a pickup driving fast and recklessly nearby. A Utah Highway Patrol trooper attempted to pull the driver over, but the pickup continued and ran a red light, causing the trooper to disengage the pursuit out of "inherent danger."

Grand County Sheriff's Office deputies later spotted the pickup traveling through Moab at a high rate of speed and followed at a distance, then witnessed the driver run a red light and collide with the vehicles at Center and Main.

The pickup also caused injuries to 30-year-old pregnant woman who was in the second vehicle hit. The truck then collided with multiple parked cars, causing damage.

Balls was arrested and faces charges of:

  • Failure to respond to officer's signal to stop resulting in death/injury
  • Reckless driving
  • Criminal mischief
  • Providing false information
  • Various traffic infractions

According to arresting documents, the pickup was traveling at over 100 miles per hour when the UHP trooper terminated his pursuit, and about 80 miles per hour through the town. The collision reportedly sent the SUV with Camey inside nearly half a block.