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Pleasant Grove teen killed in moped crash

by Provo Police

PROVO, Utah — A 17-year-old boy crashed on a moped Friday night and was pronounced dead Saturday at the hospital.

Pleasant Grove High School junior Colby Gruel, suffered critical injuries after crashing at a church parking lot near 350 N. 900 East in Provo.

The teen was taken to Utah Valley Hospital where he died from his injuries after his family was able to say goodbye. Provo police say Gruel was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and had head injuries.

The Provo Daily Herald says funeral services are planned for Saturday, June 1 at a church building at 1541 N. 1300 West in Pleasant Grove.


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On Friday evening 05/24/19, Provo Police and Fire responded to a church parking lot, located at 350 N 900 E in Provo, concerning a seventeen-year-old male that was reported to have fallen off a moped. The injured male was transported to the hospital where he died due to his injuries. Staff at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center were able to keep the seventeen-year-old alive long enough to allow his family to say their goodbyes. While this is truly a heartbreaking incident, we appreciate medical staff working so hard to be able to give one last moment for the family. The Provo Police Department investigates all deaths due to motor vehicle accidents that occur in Provo. While this is still an active investigation, preliminary observations show that this was an accidental death. A detailed conclusion will be determined once the investigation is complete.

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