Police await further reports in Perry fatal crash investigation

Tuesday , November 07, 2017 - 5:15 AM

MARK SHENEFELT, Standard-Examiner Staff

PERRY — An Oct. 15 crash in which one teenage girl died and another suffered critical injuries remains under investigation, Perry Police Chief Ryan Arbon said Monday.

An incident report obtained by a public records request said a male driver going about 55 mph in the northbound inside lane of U.S. 89 saw the brake lights of a vehicle slowing in the outside lane, disengaged his cruise control and put his foot on the brake.

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The driver told a Perry Police Department detective that “out of nowhere two girls came running into his lane,” the report said. “He said he didn’t even have time to brake when he struck them both.” The vehicle veered across the highway and rolled to a stop still partially on the southbound outside lane.

The crash happened at 3:53 p.m. at 3480 S. U.S. 89.

The report identified the girls as Alexis Nichole Nelson and Sarah Hardy. No other details are yet available, Arbon said, because Perry is waiting for reports from other agencies to come in before completing the investigation.

Arbon would not say which girl died. But according to an obituary in the Standard-Examiner, Nelson, 16, died Oct. 16 of injuries in an auto-pedestrian crash. The girl lived in Brigham City and was a junior at Box Elder High School.

According to social media posts by friends and family, Hardy, 14, is recovering from her injuries. Efforts to contact her family were not immediately successful.

The crash investigation will be referred to the Box Elder County Attorney’s Office for the screening of possible charges, but Arbon described that step as routine in any traffic crash involving a death.

You can reach reporter Mark Shenefelt at mshenefelt@standard.net or 801 625-4224. Follow him on Twitter at @mshenefelt and like him on Facebook at facebook.com/SEmarkshenefelt.

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