TAYLORSVILLE, Utah -- The family of a 2-year-old girl hit and killed by a car earlier this week in Taylorsville is thanking the community for supporting them during this difficult time.
On Tuesday afternoon, a mother and her twin 2-year-old daughters were walking on the sidewalk along 3200 West when a car jumped the curb and hit them, taking the life of one of the girls and putting the mother and the other 2-year-old in the hospital.
The car had slammed on its brakes to avoid hitting a dog that ran into the street when it was rear-ended by a pickup, sending the car into the family.
The mother has since been released, while her surviving daughter remains in critical condition. Her uncle gave the following statement on Saturday:
"This has been an unbelievable, tragic event in the lives of our family. It has been difficult to process and comprehend in our minds. The loss of a precious 2-year-old family member is something no one should ever have to go through. We want to thank the neighbors and first responders that were on scene that did all they could to save their lives. We want to thank family, friends and the community for the love, prayers and support. It has been incredible. We as a family feel it and truly appreciate it. Total strangers have come to the memorial to pay tribute and cry with us. The sincere good of people shines brightly through at times like this. Although painfully difficult, our faith and belief in eternal families is helping us through this difficult time. The road ahead for mom and her surviving twin will be long and full of many more difficult challenges. We are grateful for the doctors and nurses that are caring for mom and baby. Your continued thoughts and prayers in their behalf are very much appreciated. Thank you."
A GoFundMe account, which can be found here, has been set up for the family's expenses and has already surpassed its initial $10,000 goal.