Driver says simple mistake caused him to hit building, other vehicle

A Toyota sits outside Evans Hairstyling College with front end damage after hitting the wall behind it and a parked Pontiac Monday. St. George, Utah, August 7, 2017 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A local business sustained damage to an outside wall Monday morning after a driver pulling into the parking lot reportedly made a simple mistake and hit the wall of the establishment and then another vehicle before coming to a stop.

The west-facing wall at Evans Hairstyling College in St. George after a Toyota ran into it Monday, St. George, Utah, Aug. 7, 2017 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

St. George police were dispatched to Evans Hairstyling College at 955 E. Tabernacle about 9:30 a.m.

“I arrived on scene and made contact with the driver of a 2002 Toyota Echo,” St. George Police Officer Jamison Hale said. “He told me he was pulling into the parking lot, went to apply the brakes, hit the gas pedal by mistake … and hit the building. After he hit the building he hit a concrete curb, then a 2006 Pontiac G6.”

Hale said there was front-end damage to both vehicles, enough that both were towed from the scene. The west-facing wall sustained moderate damage.

A citation for negligent collision was issued to the driver of the Toyota Echo. There were no injuries reported in the wreck.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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10 Comments

  • comments August 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Evans Hairstyling College? Wonder if that’s the driver’s future “career” choice. Would u want someone that uncoordinated cutting your hair tho? lol 😉

  • ladybugavenger August 7, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Something labeled as a “mistake” gets a #fundraiser in St George. I can’t believe he was cited lol. Negligent? Who would have figured…..yes, I’m being facetious.

  • jaltair August 7, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I’ll bet this driver is over 80ish? This is a common mistake with older drivers.

    • mesaman August 7, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      You have a 50/50 chance of being correct. Common mistake? Show your data then you can make judgement calls.

      • comments August 7, 2017 at 9:58 pm

        you ready to hand in that license m&m? do it for the children!

    • comments August 7, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      Local ideology of stg drivers: “hammer down. Drive like hell. let God sort them out”

  • utahdiablo August 7, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    If I had a dollar for everytime I did this same mistake….I’d be broke….get these dips off the road and stop having open book drivers license tests and mandate license renewal ride alongs after so many years..

  • hiker75 August 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    A mistake? Fortunately the driver was not trying to brake for a person! Give up the license now…

  • Mike Carter August 8, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    If these pesky automakers would just make the brake pedal on the left and bigger than the gas pedal, these “mistakes” might not happen. Oh wait……

  • old school August 8, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Denial is and ugly thing, looks to me like a cry for help!

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