“I don’t know of any father that is currently out there looking for a burial plot for his 2-year-old son. That is just something you don’t do. But, this is a reality that Kja and Nikki are faced with and thankfully they’ve had friends and family coming forward to help them with these things that people just don’t think about,” said Tallin Harding’s grandfather, Craig Harding.
“how can you prevent an accident like this from happening? Accidents are going to happen, this is just something we have to get through,” said Harding.
It happened at around 5:35 Saturday evening. Police responded to an auto-pedestrian accident at an area at New Land Loop in Lehi. 2-year-old Tallin was walking with his father in the cul-de-sac where his house is. Tallin’s grandfather says his mother was pulling out of the driveway and heading to the Women’s session of LDS Conference and as she turned to pull forward of the cul-de-sac, Tallin ran in front of the Dodge Durango. He sustained life threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene when first responders arrived.
Neighbors of this very kid friendly community are shocked about the news.
“it’s just really shocking; really sad, scary, said Scott Parker, “my kids, luckily, are a little older now but I remember when they were little always being worried about them out on the streets playing around. There’s a lot of kids in this neighborhood,” he said.
Sergeant Chad Hecker with the Utah Highway Patrol says a high percentage of child related accidents occur in driveways and reminds people that children have a hard time with perception and require close monitoring.
“Kids under 10, it’s been shown that they have a hard time with distance and speed of vehicles,” he said.
Lehi police are still investigating but say that it appears to have been a tragic accident. The community chose blue to honor Tallin and his love for the BYU Cougars. Meanwhile, the family asks for privacy as they mourn their loss and begin the healing process.