Police release name of toddler killed in auto-pedestrian accident in Taylorsville


A small memorial has been placed at the scene of an accident in Taylorsville on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. An auto-pedestrian crash occurred Tuesday when a car stopped for a dog and was struck in the rear and pushed into a mother pushing a stroller, killing a 2-year-old girl.

A small memorial has been placed at the scene of an accident in Taylorsville on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. An auto-pedestrian crash occurred Tuesday when a car stopped for a dog and was struck in the rear and pushed into a mother on the sidewalk pushing a stroller, killing a 2-year-old girl. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

TAYLORSVILLE — Investigators on Friday released the name of the toddler who was killed in an auto-pedestrian accident in Taylorsville earlier this week.

Hadley Marroquin, 22 months, was killed while riding in a stroller with her twin sister when a car was hit from behind and careened into them and their mother shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday at 5095 S. 3200 West, according to Unified police.

The accident was caused a chain reaction that began when a dog ran in front of a sedan, according to security footage. The driver of the sedan slammed on the brakes and swerved slightly toward the pedestrians. Almost immediately, a pickup truck smashed into the sedan, sending it over the curb and onto the sidewalk where it pinned the mother and the stroller between the car and a cinderblock wall.

The mother of the twins, Heather Marroquin, was taken to the hospital, as was 22-month-old Bethany Marroquin. The mother checked out of the hospital, but Bethany Marroquin remained hospitalized Friday with extensive injuries at Primary Children’s Hospital, according to GoFundMe page created to help the family with medical and funeral expenses.

In addition to the GoFundMe campaign, Marroquin’s Latter-day Saint ward (Valley Park Second Ward) is also accepting donations for her through the fast offering program.

The accident is still under investigation by Unified police.

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