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Utah County Sheriff officials ID Eagle Mountain boy killed in motorcycle crash



EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah, April 29, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — The Utah County Sheriff’s Office has identified the young victim of a motorcycle accident Tuesday in Eagle Mountain.

The victim was Traygen Shane Johnson, age 10. Officials yesterday mistakenly said he was 9.

Officials were called to the scene at 12:45 p.m.

“A 9-year-old Eagle Mountain boy was riding a small off-road motorcycle eastbound on Golden Eagle Road when he hit a curb, lost control, and hit a tree,” a news release said.  “Bystanders who were first on scene called 911. The boy was not breathing and had no pulse and those bystanders began to administer CPR.”

Deputies and Unified Fire Department paramedics arrived and efforts to resuscitate the boy continued. After a short time medical personnel determined his injuries were too severe and he was pronounced dead. The boy was wearing a helmet but he sustained extensive injuries to his upper body. His body will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Taylorsville, officials said.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by family members to help pay funeral expenses for Traygen, the UCSO statement says. The fundraising site shares a few more details about the boy.

“Traygen was a super sweet 10-year-old boy,” it says. “His contagious smile went on for days. He loved playing and watching sports baseball, basketball etc. Traygen loved attending games of his beloved Utah Jazz. He could make friends with anyone. He worked hard for things he wanted especially his motorcycle. He loved it so much.

“He was not afraid of much to the point of catching a baby rattlesnake. He loved dogs as he had been surrounded by them his whole life. Traygen was a curious child who tried to figure things out on his own. He liked sharp things he would often stash them places even though the family attempted to keep them away from him. Traygen loved his mother dearly but wanted to be like Papa! In being like Papa it often created extra work in the process.

“He loved movies and going to the theater. He was a mischievous child and a bad golf cart driver trying to run his uncle and father over on the golf course after doing many doughnuts. He was like a motor in the fifth gear it was all was go, go, go. He loved spending time in the great outdoors and was outside often. He thrived on excitement and was always involved with lighting the fireworks with his uncle Andrew during family parties.

“He was a great brother both big and little and was an amazing cousin. He was very caring, very gentle, and fun to be around. He was simply a joy to be around. He was loved by many and now missed by many more. Please share and donate if you can help. Thank you.”

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