River Road auto-semi crash proved intentional; driver in stable condition

Semi-trailer-automobile accident at 3424 River Road, St. George, Utah, April 25, 2013 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The condition of a 29-year-old man whose car impacted the back of a parked semi-trailer and rolled over on South River Road Thursday has been confirmed to be in stable condition by the St. George Police Department.

The man, whose name the SGPD will not release at this time, was interviewed by police at Dixie Regional Medical Center as a part of the investigation into the accident. From the interview finding, detectives have determined that he intentionally drove his car into the back of the semi-trailer.

The incident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday near 3424 South River Road in the Fort Pierce area of St. George. A witness at the scene said the driver was traveling a high rate of speed when his car impacted the trailer.

The case remains under investigation.

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Semi-trailer-automobile accident at 3424 River Road, St. George, Utah, April 25, 2013 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Semi-trailer-automobile accident at 3424 River Road, St. George, Utah, April 25, 2013 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

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18 Comments

  • Big Don April 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    So this … tried to kill himself, and couldn’t even do that right. Not to mention all the innocent lives he selfishly put in danger.
    “OH YOU BIG OLD MEANIE, HE REALLY IS A GOOD PERSON” wait for it, we will see it shortly here. 🙁

    Ed. ellipsis

  • sis777 April 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    What a dummy. This is sad, I hope he finds help.

  • sb2013 April 26, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    You never know how a person is feeling or what they have been through. It is easy for you to say what he should have done. It is so sad that he felt that miserable. No need to wait for anything either HE IS A GREAT person, He so happens to be my neighbor and he would do anything for anyone he has a very big heart. He obviously was going through a rough time and you should think about how his family feels already. I don’t think they need to see these ignorant comments. You should not judge someone who you do not even know. He is not a person that would ever want to hurt anybody! Remember this is someones child your comments really don’t help his family feel any better.

    • Big Don April 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Yeah, right. He is such a good person who is just “having problems” and doesn’t care in the least if he kills someone else, in his search for relief. Give me a break.

      • Keep Our Freedom April 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        When someone is not right in the head (i.e. trying to kill yourself) they don’t care about other people, hence the reason they are trying to commit suicide. It really comes down to that he was selfish during this act. If doesn’t mean that he normally doesn’t care or that he is a bad person.
        I’m sure the next time you try to kill yourself you wont care about anyone either.

  • Christine Gonzalez April 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    i am sorry for what happened, and I hope god will help him recover from his fatal accident. god loves you, and he is always there for to. Just ask and you shall receive.

    • Greg April 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Fatal accident means that he died. So I hope god doesn’t help anyone recover from fatal accidents. That will be when the zombie apocalypse begins. 😉

  • Radman April 26, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Frankly, Big Don, none of us have any idea what kind of person this guy is. Yes, suicide is stupid, but how many of us can say we’ve never done something stupid in our lives? What we should prob all be thankful for is that he didn’t choose to die in a suicide bombing or worse.May he get the counseling he needs….hell, may we all get some counseling…lol

  • Annie April 26, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Lol do you know what fatal means? You can’t recover from fatal

  • T.B. April 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I truly feel bad for this person that he felt that this was his only option, but what about my family & I ? I was the FIRST person on the seen of this accident it was my husbands trailer he choose to use as his tool to carry out his plan. I ran over to his remains of a car seen him convulsing and then stop thinking that I just stood and watched this poor man DIE right before my eyes as a result of him running into the back of my husbands trailer being a mother myself knowing that someone somewhere just lost a child and my husbands work vehicle was linked to his death then we got him out of the car and seen that there was still signs of life in this mess of a person laying on the ground in front of me so I started praying asking the lord to please let him survive this. After the ambulance took him away I started realizing that my husband was not going to be able to drive his truck to his scheduled destination the next morning as he had planned the trailer is not repairable the freight in the trail was shifted he is now shut down till we can find a way to get the freight out of his trailer and into another one so he can get these people their merchandise they ordered which was due in Texas on Monday and will now get there who knows when so now he gets penalized for a late delivery more money out of our pocket in addition to the already no miles no pay he is suffering cause the truck is out of commission. I sure hope he finds the help he needs !!! I feel that he is a very selfish person that was only thinking of himself his actions have affected so many innocent people my family being greatly affected directly. yet somehow I still feel sorry for him and his family. May god bless this man and the family.

    • walt April 27, 2013 at 1:30 am

      Dearest T.B.,
      Indeed you and your family have lost a degree of monetary support. I see that your husband has moved his rig, hopefully with a new rim and tire. I hope that he is safely in transit with his payload. While I recognize your loss, I feel impressed to remind you of all that you have been so graciously given in exchange for your hard work and sacrifice. I wish that success for all of my brothers and sisters on this spaceship earth. Remember Peace and Love hold more value than gold. Go in peace T.B.

  • walt April 26, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    The insensitivity on this comment board is outlandish. We all make mistakes, yes sometimes very big ones. We should be thankful that a human life has been spared, and that no other of our family members were harmed. Truly God was on everyone’s side in this time of tragedy.

    • Big Don April 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Insensitivity, huh? Tell you what there Walt, you respond to as many of these things as I have over the years, and you will lose your “sensitivity” too. Except for the fact that there was a tremendous amount of good luck here, this jack wagon could have taken out innocent people. I honestly don’t give a rats rear end about what leads a person to this kind of selfishness and stupidity. I withhold my sympathy for the folks that are hurt by these people.
      I’ve seen fools who were drunk, who were doped up, or who were just plain mental cases kill way too many people who never saw them coming. I even lost my best friend to a “suicide driver.” So you can take your insensitivity and examine in for a while.

  • Radman April 27, 2013 at 12:20 am

    TB, people contemplating suicide or committing it, RARELY are thinking of others…yes suicide is a selfish act and who knows why this poor soul got to that point. But, I’m always quick to think that a single bad act, selfish or not, does NOT make this guy a bad person. A person in need of help…obviously, but not necessarily a bad guy. Let us all hope we never get that desperate to die….

    • TB April 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Not once in my comment did I say that he is or was a bad guy however I did say selfish and I stick by that, but yet and still like I said I hope he gets the help he needs and is able to move forward in life. Hopefully he will see that only GOD can decide when its our time to go and leave this place called life.

  • Radman April 27, 2013 at 12:21 am

    What about Lazarus, Annie? Didn’t he recover from a fatal something or other?

    LOL

  • s c April 27, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I find the speculation from people not involved to be rather irritating. This young man desperately needed help and as friends and family, have tried to do so. We are not excusing his actions but until he is coherent and conscious enough to ask, we don’t know. As for the police interviewing him, they haven’t been able to speak or question him. They have spoken and taken statements from his mother, his ex girlfriend and people on the scene. The investigation from what SPD is telling us is still open and they are not done yet. He is still in ICU and it may be a while before we fully know what happened.

  • Joanna April 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Wishing all the best to the semi driver whose livelihood had been negatively impacted by this dreadful event. I am SO grateful that you or no one in your family was physically hurt and I hope that the insurance is able to help you get your life back to normal.

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