Police identify teen girl hit, killed while trick-or-treating; loved ones hold vigil

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TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A 14-year-old girl hit and killed in an auto-pedestrian accident on Halloween night has been identified as Victoria Hillman, and family and friends held a vigil in her honor for Sunday night.

Victoria Hillman/ Courtesy of Facebook

Victoria Hillman/ Courtesy of Facebook

Hillman and two other juveniles were trick-or-treating in Taylorsville. At about 7:11 p.m., the three crossed 2700 West in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of 5930 South and 2700 West, when a motorist, in a Honda Odyssey traveling south, collided with the juveniles.

Victoria was pronounced dead at the scene.

There are no indications of driver impairment or distracted driving, said Roxeanne Vainuku, spokeswoman for West Valley City police, which is the agency investigating the crash.

“No equipment violations such as headlights, or the vehicle exceeding the speed limit are contributing factors in this collision,” Vainuku added.

There were no other injuries reported in connection with this crash.

The accident is currently under investigation and will be reviewed to determine whether any charges are appropriate.

A vigil was planned for Victoria Sunday at 7 p.m. at Bennion Junior High School, see the tweets below for images from the vigil.

Sunday, balloons and stuffed animals formed a memorial near the scene of the crash.

Friends are also planning on wearing Victoria’s favorite color, blue, to school Monday, at Bennion Junior High.

7 comments

  • Bob

    This happened at a crosswalk! AND on a night associated with heavy pedestrian traffic. I wonder what pathetic excuse, the stereotypical minivan driver gave the police. “Wellll, after I finished tailgating every driver that was going 5mph+ over the speed limit and completing several improper lane changes, I tore down 2700 W. because it was wide open. I was texting family about the grocery list. What happened officer; did I hit something?”

    My condolences to the family of Ms. Hillman. So young.

  • Mamma Bear

    This kind of tragaity happens too often in our city. The pedestrians were doing as they should, she was half way across the street when she was struck, she had glow sticks on. We can blame the driver all day long, but that won’t change the outcome. Drivers are constantly warned to “be more aware” but drivers need more. What can we do to help prevent this in the future? We NEED better lighting all around Taylorsville, we NEED cross walks with lights that flash when in use. These are common in Riverton, Herriman, Draper ETC. I understand economics and finances come into play, but nothing is more important then safety of our citizens. I am personally effected by the loss of this life, in HER name I am going to do ALL I can to protect her friends and family. I am by no means prepared for what I am about to take on, but I am going to take accountability to help make our city a better place to live.

  • cops are dumb. one of these are true or she's a cold blooded killer who did it on purpose

    The police are being stupid. The law is clear. Vehicles must yield to pedestrians in marked and unmarked crosswalks. If speed, distracted driving, and impaired driving are not involved then it’s deliberate vehicular homicide where the driver saw them crossing and intended to hit her. The law is very simple. The speed limit for an intersection with no traffic lights or stop signs is

    “A person may not operate a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the existing conditions, giving regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing, including when:
    (a) approaching and crossing an intersection or railroad grade crossing;
    (b) approaching and going around a curve;
    (c) approaching a hill crest;
    (d) traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway; and
    (e) approaching other hazards that exist due to pedestrians, other traffic, weather, or highway conditions.”

    If her headlights were working properly, she was not impaired distracted she was SPEEDING since that sign is not the speed limit dimwits. The speed limit at every intersection is “slow enough to stop” within the range of your headlights.

    • Cara J

      This is true. The driver did not yield, so charges need to be filed. They can work out the details as to what happened if it was the speeding or equipment malfunction or a felony. Unintentional is very different from “without fault.” Something happened, or the child would still be alive. It is the driver’s fault. No one wants to kill anyone with their car, but some sort of defensive driving protocol was not followed. The driver and police can sort out which one it was and what the consequences should be.

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