Sandy teen remains in critical condition after accident
Safety »Street has heavy traffic andno crosswalk.
By erin alberty
| The Salt Lake Tribune
A Sandy teenager who was hit by a car while trying to cross a street in Sandy, remained in critical condition Tuesday with head trauma.
The family of Dylan Gibbs, 14, said the teen remained under heavy sedation Tuesday at Primary Children’s Medical Center, two days after he was hit by a car while he was crossing 10600 South near 390 East.
"At this point, there is a lot of uncertainty," said Dylan’s uncle, Brady Gibbs. Dylan was not responding to verbal cues, but his vital signs were stabilizing, Brady Gibbs said.
Dylan Gibbs was walking home from church Sunday with his two brothers when they tried to cross the street. Without a crosswalk, they ran to the center median. The other two brothers stopped, but Dylan continued, running into the path of Ford Ranger in the outside lane. The 20-year-old driver didn’t see him, police have said.
Police and neighbors have suggested that traffic engineers consider adding a crosswalk at the location. It is near a walking and cycling trail, and the spot is a natural place to cross 10600 South. In the mile between State Street and 700 East, there are no other crosswalks, Brady Gibbs said.
"The area is routinely used by pedestrian traffic, and it’s routinely used by bicycles," he said. "It’s a big intersection, and there aren’t a lot of access areas to cross it.
"As far as the family is concerned, that could be addressed."
Dylan Gibbs parents, Tracy Gibbs and Miyuki Braley, said they appreciate the cards, letters and prayers being sent to the family. Brady Gibbs described Dylan as a "great kid and young entrepreneur" who started his own sales route to sell fresh eggs from his family’s chickens to neighbors and friends.
"He has a zest and zeal for life that is rare to find," Brady Gibbs said.