WELLSVILLE — Utah Highway Patrol troopers are investigating the death of a 17-year-old girl after she reportedly jumped out of a moving vehicle, late Wednesday night in Wellsville.
The accident happened on SR-23 near Willow Valley Middle School. Lt. Lee Perry said <span>Emily Wright of Mendon</span> was the passenger in a truck, driven by her father, who had picked her up from a friend’s house after she didn’t return home.
“There was a disagreement,” said Perry. “She was upset and before the father knew what happened, he was traveling close to the highway speeds, she opened the door and attempted to jump out.”
Perry said, “We think that somehow she got tripped up, something happened as she jumped and she came out of the truck and actually went under the back part of the truck, hitting and rolling off the side of the road, and was killed instantly.”
Several people attempted to perform CPR on the scene but were unsuccessful.
The accident was first reported by a passerby around 11:15 p.m. The family is heart-broken and cooperating with investigators.
Perry said at this point, it doesn’t appear Wright was attempting to take her life.
“The father is just heart-broken and the parents are just devastated by this,” said Perry. “It is just a terrible, terrible tragedy that occurred. I am certain that the young lady had no idea that if she jumped something like this could happen.”
SR-23 was closed while crews investigated the accident.
Perry said an investigation is ongoing.
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