PAYSON, UT - It was supposed to be a day of celebration: Adam Renik's 14th birthday.
The Payson, Utah teen had a party with his family the night before, then headed to school like any other morning. His birthday took a tragic turn when, on his usual route, two cars hit him as he crossed the street.
"One was going west, the other was going east," said Lt. Bill Wright with the Payson Police Department. "I believe the car that hit him first was going west."
The impact killed Adam immediately and news of his death spread quickly.
Adam's former Boy Scout leader recalled telling one of Adam's friends about the teen's death.
"He just stood there and stared at me for 15 or 20 seconds," said Morgan Trivett. "And then the tears come down."
Now as a memorial grows, so does anger among neighbors.
"My husband and I have gone out after cars before and been like, `Slow down!` said Jordan Tanner.
Police are still investigating what led to the crash and no charges have been filed.
"I feel bad," said Tanner. "I can only imagine what the mom`s thinking. Especially me having my own kids and being concerned with their safety on this road."
No one knows for sure whether Adam's death will trigger safety changes in the area, but what is certain: this day should have been spent planning his birthday, not his funeral.