GoFundMe account for Taylorsville teen killed in rollover

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(KUTV) - A 14-year-old girl is the latest victim in a series of crashes where people have been trying to outrun police. Navaeh Padilla died in a rollover crash in Taylorsville, early Tuesday morning. The driver, Casey cook-Ziemelis (18) was arrested for multiple felonies in connection with that rollover.

Tuesday, 2 News sat down with Lt. Todd Royce of Utah’s Highway Patrol. He says pursuits are not something officers get into lightly. Under state statute there’s a “balance test”. Whenever a officer may be about to get involved in a pursuit, they are required to weigh the balance between apprehending the suspect safely and the danger a pursuit. That includes weighing factors like weather, time of day and whether there is a school zone nearby.

In addition, each department across the state has to develop a “pursuit policy”, specifically outlining what an officer in that department should or should not do, if they find themselves in a situation where a suspect is fleeing.

As for the rash of similar crashes, we’re told normally there is an uptick in crime, when the temperatures heat up.

For you at home, should you hear a pursuit coming up behind you, the best thing you can do is pull over. We’re told most pursuits happen either late at night or early in the morning so be extra vigilant at those times.

A GoFundMe has also been set up for Padilla – Click the link here if you wish to donate.


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