Surveillance video shows driver hitting teens with van in Taylorsville crosswalk

WARNING: The video below shows a van hitting two teen girls in a crosswalk and may be considered graphic. (Watch top right of screen). 

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah - The Unified Police Department said two girls were injured after being hit by a vanTuesday afternoon.

Police said a 71-year-old man, who is partially blind in one eye, said he didn't see the teens when he was turning left and hit the girls near 4200 S. Redwood Rd. in Taylorsville.

The two 13-year-old girls went to the hospital; one in critical condition and the other in serious condition.

The teens were later upgraded to good condition.

“This intersection has been very dangerous,” neighbor Melanie Harrison said. “Even I almost hit a bike rider one time.”

“I’ve seen a kid in our neighborhood get hit by a car here,” DeeAnn Haroldsen said. “And I’ve helped two ladies who got hit while trying to cross here.”

According to Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke, the two girls were hit in a crosswalk.

"From our witness accounts, the girls did have the right of way," Lohrke said.

Police said the van hit the girls and dragged them "for a short period."

"This is a tough road for our Taylorsville officers," Lohrke said. "We've had several accidents here."

The driver stayed on scene and was cooperating with police. The driver also spoke with Fox 13's Jeff  McAdam Wednesday.