Jacob Armijo and Avery Bock died during a near head on collision just north of the intersection at 5600 West and 4100 South.
Classmates say Jacob was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control and veered into the south bound lane. His car hit an oncoming car. The impact was powerful.
Thomas Kirkpatrick was the first person to run to Jacob's car.
"I had to turn off the car. I felt Avery's pulse. It was nothing and I felt Jacob's pulse and it was nothing," Kirkpatrick said.
Several classmates, also out of school for lunch, saw the collision. It didn't take long for information about the crash to spread a school.
Students at the 7:00 p.m. vigil May 9 were crying loudly, standing quietly and thinking about the two young men Jacob and Avery were.
Shayla Jackson is Avery's cousin, "He was a happy go lucky guy and to have him gone is difficult. If you needed someone, he was there in a heart beat. He'd always bring you up when you were down."
Jacob Armijo is also deeply loved. Charlotte Maestas says Jacob's family was his life. She said, "He and his brother are so close. I mean, best friends. He did everything for his mom."
This crash is especially hard on his mom because Jacob's father died 5-years-ago. Tonight friends and family are sending messages they home with reach Jacob. "We love you very much," said his cousin, Lucy Rascon.
Shayla Jackson shared this message about her cousin Avery. "He's going to be missed a lot. It's going to be different without him around school and I just love him," she said.
Earlier in the day emergency crews responded to a head-on crash in West Valley City on Wednesday.
Officials say several vehicles were involved in the crash at 5600 West 4100 South.
A medical helicopter was also dispatched to the scene.
Two people were confirmed dead at the scene, while another was flown by helicopter to a hospital in critical condition.
Two others were seriously hurt.
Granite School District statement:
The police have now verified that four Hunter High students were involved in an auto accident earlier this afternoon. Two of the students passed away as a result of the accident, while two others remain in serious condition. Our hearts and prayers are with the families members and friends of those impacted by this accident.
We have an automated phone call that has gone out (this evening) to Hunter High patrons asking them to discuss the incident with their student(s). We will be providing grief counselors starting tomorrow morning for any students or staff who are in need of assistance in dealing with this tragedy.
As this incident is already a difficult distraction to our students and faculty, we respectfully request that media members conduct interviews in the public right of way's and not enter the campus. If there are additional questions, please reply to this message or you can contact me directly.
Avery Bock – Junior (passed away)
Jacob Armijo – Junior (passed away)
Two other female students were in the same vehicle as the above listed students. One is a Junior and the other is a sophomore. We will not be disclosing their names or photos.
source: Benjamin Horsley Director, Communications & Community Outreach Granite School District
West Valley Police Department statement:
Double Fatality Vehicle Crash In West Valley City
At 12:15pm on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012, a two vehicle crash occurred at the address of
4060 South 5600 West in West Valley City. One vehicle was occupied by 4 juveniles while the other vehicle was occupied by an adult female. Two 16 year old juvenile males, Jacob Armijo and Avery Bock, died as a result of the crash. In addition, Cassidy Porter, a 17 year old female juvenile was critically injured in the crash and flown via medical helicopter to a local area hospital. Leticia Cordero, a 16 year old female juvenile was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to a local area hospital. The adult female, identified as 40 year old Monica Hood, sustained serious injuries and was transported by ambulance.
The investigation indicates at this point that a blue Honda Civic occupied by the 4 juveniles
and being driven by Jacob Armijo, was traveling Northbound on 5600 West at the intersection with 4100 South. For reasons unconfirmed at this time, control of the vehicle was lost. The blue Honda Civic veered into the Southbound travel lanes of 5600 West at 4060 South and was impacted by a tan Toyota Corolla, driven by Monica Hood. The impact was significant and both vehicles sustained severe damage.
Family notifications have been made regarding the crash. All four juveniles were enrolled in
Hunter High School which is located just south of the crash location. A full investigation is being conducted into the cause of this crash. This will include numerous witness interviews, crash scene reconstruction and possible surveillance video footage.
source: Sergeant Mike Powell, Public Information Officer