Neighbor Susan Duckwitz is friends with the family. She tells ABC 4 Utah, the accident has the whole neighborhood devastated. “Oh she was a beautiful little girl. She was so cute and precious. Our neighbors children came over and asked are you crying for the baby and I said yes, but I’m crying more for the parents,” says Duckwitz.
Duckwitz says it’s hard to believe, because moments before the accident her husband and her and her were there talking with the father who was making renovation to their home.
“We came to look at the basement and his children were playing in the sand and he was so proud of them,” says Duckwitz.
Provo police are calling the accident, just that, an accident, and the father isn't facing any charges. They say the whole family had been on the front porch while the father was working on the house. They say the father got inside his truck and pulled forward not knowing his baby girl was in front. “The husband thought the child was with the mom and the mom thought the child was with him and they just like all parents lost track of their child just for a second,” says Matt Lt. Siufanua with the Provo Police.
Lt. Siufanua says the death was instant and obvious to the parents and officers who responded after being called by a very distraught father.
Duckwitz tells ABC 4 Utah the entire tragedy has hit too close to home. “The baby's in heaven the baby's ok, but the parents are going to suffer and feel guilty the rest of their life maybe. I hope not, but I hope they'll realize it was an accident and it happens to a lot of people and we all need to be careful when driving,” says Duckwitz
A fund has been set up to help out the family.
It's called the "Eliza L. Scofield Donation Account." monetary donations are being accepted at any Zions bank. Other donations can be made by contacting Brittany Scott at Brittany@scottstudiosonline.com or by calling 909.234.4214