A 3-year-old girl was struck and killed by an SUV as a gathering of family and friends started to break up Monday night in Wendover.
The victim has been identified as Vanessa Gomez, according to Tooele County Sheriff Paul Wimmer.
Family and friends were at the house to celebrate after a soccer match but the gathering was winding down and families were leaving. Gomez’s mother had gone back into the house to get her car keys, leaving the child near vehicles parked at the house on South 8th Street, Wimmer said.
A black Chevy Suburban, leaving for a late dinner, pulled ahead but did not see Gomez, who had walked in front of the vehicle. The SUV, which was just rolling forward, ran over Gomez before the driver knew she was there, Wimmer said.
CPR was initiated on the child and she was transported by first responders to the fire station to continue to aid. A call for a medical helicopter was canceled when Gomez was ruled deceased, Wimmer said.
There was no indication of a pulse when CPR began and it’s likely that the victim died in the impact, Wimmer said.
The driver of the SUV, Jesus Gonzalez, showed no signs of impairment, Wimmer said. The sheriff’s department has not completed its investigation into the accident.