- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Highway Patrol has seen an increase in the number of people getting struck by vehicles on state highways.

The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/2ayV0BV ) statistics from Road to Zero Fatalities, which partners with the patrol, show there were 30 pedestrian fatalities in 2013. That number grew to 37 in 2014 and to 48 the following year. There have already been 21 pedestrian fatalities so far in 2016.

The latest report of someone being injured on the highway involved a 17-year-old boy who was listed in extremely critical condition Thursday. He had been struck by a vehicle on Interstate 15 in Sandy while trying to retrieve a backpack.

Troopers are urging people to stay in their cars and to call 911 if they need to retrieve or clear an item from the road.

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Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com

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