Utah Boy Sustains Fatal Injuries After Ejection From Car

A 12-year-old boy was killed in a Utah car crash.A 12-year-old boy was fatally injured after he was ejected from a rolling car on a Utah roadway, according to multiple reports.

The accident occurred north of Coalville near I-84's Echo Junction, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune. A westbound vehicle driven by Robert Mitchell, 68, veered off the right side of the road and hit a guardrail. Mitchell told police he then swerved to the left but over corrected, causing the car to cross both westbound lanes and hit another guardrail before coming to rest in the middle of the roadway.

Mitchell and three other passengers – including a 66-year-old woman and two 9-year-old girls – were all wearing seat belts and only experienced minor injuries in the collision. Police said it is unclear as to whether the young victim, Kaleb Mitchell, was wearing a seat belt or whether it was fastened correctly.

Mitchell suffered severe trauma in the incident and was transported to Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Media outlets report no charges have been issued in connection to the incident. However, the crash is still being investigated by law enforcement authorities.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of the death among children in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports fatalities are often caused by misused child restraint systems. For instance, one study found that almost 72 percent of nearly 3,500 booster seats were incorrectly used, increasing the risk of a child's injury in the event of a crash.