LOCAL NEWS

Community Rallies Around Parents Of Utah Teen Killed In Crash

May 26, 2021, 5:54 PM | Updated: 8:07 pm

SARATOGA SPRINGS, UtahIt has been an emotional and tragic time in Saratoga Springs for family and friends of a 16-year-old boy who was killed in a car crash along Redwood Road.

Police said Ammon Blake was traveling northbound on Redwood Road Tuesday afternoon and was turning on West Harvest Hills when he was hit by a car that ran a red light.

Police also said the 28-year-old driver in that car may have been in a road rage incident just moments before.  

Elevated speeds and also some erratic driving. Theres one probable situation where he did give a gesture to another car, said Assistant Chief Bill Robertson with the Saratoga Springs Police Department. Weve had over the last several weeks several road rage incidents where weve had to write citations and make arrests. Its not worth it. Please dont let the emotions get the better of you. It never ends well in those situations.  

The 28-year-old driver did survive the crash and is in the hospital in stable condition, according to police.

They said charges were pending while the investigation continues. 

KSL-TV was at the Blake home when the Westlake High School track team showed up with balloons and flowers.

Ammon’s teammates couldnt hold back the tears as they embraced the family.  

Really sad and heartbroken about it, said a tearful Ari James. He was one of the kindest people you would ever meet. If he saw you sitting alone, he would come sit next to you and make you feel like his best friend. 

He was so happy all the time. I never saw him upset. That just rubbed off on everybody, said an emotional Elias Gerald. Im going to miss him a lot.  

Hard to believe that he was just gone like that, said friend Chase Durham.  

He always had a smile and Im going to really miss him, said Kale Pontius.  

Ammons parents said they just cant believe their son, who is one of seven kids, is really gone.  

Just got a phone call. It’s every parents worst nightmare,” said Shanda Blake, Ammons mother. Such a great kid. He had such a big heart. He would do anything for anybody.  

I know it’s cliché to say, but Ammon was the perfect son. He was the best son parents could ever ask for. He was intelligent, he was active, he was the sweetest kid, said Chandler Blake, Ammons father.

Chandler said it was hard to hear how his son died. 

We all do stupid things on the road, and hopefully, thats a wake-up call to everyone to slow down and obey the laws,” he said.

The Blakes said the outpouring of love from family, friends and the community has held them together. It’s also their faith in God that is pulling them through. 

“Just peace and knowledge that families are forever,” said Shanda. “I have to have faith that I will see him again and that’s what keeps me going.”

 GoFundMe* account has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses. 

*KSL TV does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

A photo of the U.S. Magnesium refinery in Tooele County on Jan. 27, 2017. The plumes from the plant...
Carter Williams, KSL.com and Adam Small, KSL NewsRadio

What’s behind northern Utah’s ‘brown clouds’? New study pinpoints a major source

A magnesium plant located near the Great Salt Lake is a major producer of chemical elements behind the "dense winter brown clouds" that sometimes hang over Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah's northern half in the winter, a new federal study determines.
11 hours ago
(Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)...
Tamara Vaifanua

Tips to start building an emergency fund

Could you cover the cost of an unexpected emergency today? If not -- you're not alone. More than half of Americans say they'd have to go into debt to pay for an unplanned bill of $1,000 or more.
11 hours ago
(Stuart Johnson/KSL TV)...
Josh Ellis

Two injured after explosion in Lehi house

Firefighters are investigating after an explosion at a home in Lehi left two people with minor injuries.
11 hours ago
Americans are using their credit cards more often as the economy opens....
Matt Gephardt

Gephardt Busts Inflation: The key to saving money on your credit card bills

More Utahns are carrying debt, but the thing is – many of those folks have no idea how much interest they are paying on their debt.
1 day ago
...
Matt Rascon

Man chases teens after shots fired at Taylorsville High

As parents and neighbors reacted to gunshots heard from the Taylorsville High parking lot, one man ran towards the school.
1 day ago
Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

Tragedy to triumph: how a Utah family is honoring their son

The heartwarming way a Utah family is honoring the life of their son while helping others.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Community Rallies Around Parents Of Utah Teen Killed In Crash