A Salt Lake City teen on his way to school was fatally struck by a pickup truck Wednesday morning.
Salt Lake City police Sgt. Shawn Josephson said 14-year-old Edwin Cardoso a West High School ninth-grade student hit while on his way to classes was in "extremely critical condition" when rushed to the hospital just after 7 a.m.
Cardoso was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the hospital. He had suffered extensive, traumatic head injuries, police said.
Josephson said Cardoso was in a crosswalk heading north to south on 600 North when a pickup truck, turning left from 900 West to go east on 600 North, struck the boy at 7:09 a.m.
It was dark and rainy at the time, Josephson said. "Weather definitely is being considered one of the factors in this," he added, though investigators had not yet made any conclusions and no citations had been issued to the pickup's 19-year-old male driver.
Josephson said it appeared Cardoso had a white "Walk" light indicator when he crossed, and the driver of the pickup had a green light as well. While the investigation was ongoing, police confirmed they were considering issuing a possible citation for failure to yield right of way.
Salt Lake City School District spokesman Jason Olsen said Cardoso's fellow students were notified of the accident late Wednesday morning. School staff has been asked to be on watch for any students experiencing emotional difficulties related to the tragedy, and school counselors were ready to talk with affected teens.
Salt Lake City School District's statement:
"West High School is saddened by the tragic loss of one of our students. Edwin Cardoso, a ninth-grade student, was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident this morning. Information about the accident has been shared with teachers and staff, and they have been asked to watch for any students who may be struggling as news of the accident spreads. School counselors are ready and available for any students who may need help."