River Road collision after driver follows bad GPS advice

ST. GEORGE –  An accident slowed traffic at the corner of South River Road and 100 South on Tuesday at about 5:50 p.m. The accident happened when confusion over GPS instructions caused a driver to change her mind at the last second.

A woman driving a silver Hyundai was traveling south on River Road in the right-turn-only lane, preparing to turn onto 100 South, near Fabulous Freddy’s Car Wash. Just before making the turn, the woman realized that her GPS navigation device was instructing her to continue straight down River Road. Although it was in the right-turn-only lane, the silver Hyundai went straight at the intersection, resulting in a head-on collision with a tan Nissan Altima that was turning left onto 100 South, coming from the opposite direction.

“(The Hyundai) was going south and they were going to make a right-hand turn, and then her GPS told her that she needed to go straight,” St. George Police Officer Tim Linton said. “So she went straight and another car had already made a commitment to turn left.”

Nobody was injured in the accident and the driver of the silver Hyundai was cited for failure to yield. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

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10 Comments

  • Steve November 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Hopefully, this woman recieved a summons. Going straight in a right hand turn lane and failing to yield the right of way at an intersection is NOT a GPS issue. I for one do not enjoy my insurance rates going up having to pay claims for poor decision making.

  • ladybugavenger November 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    another distracted driver….pay attention to the road, there are other cars around!!!!

  • JOSH DALTON November 27, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Oh man! There are so many angles I can take right now. I bet these folks had a Iphone! What ever happened to using a map or asking for directions! I hope they had Allstate….RECALCULATING! I’m not perfect in any way, but I don’t depend on a computer to get me to my destination. I don’t even carry a cell anymore.

  • DoubleTap November 27, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I stopped using my GPS after the voices in my head kept telling me not to listen to “her”.
    The voices in my head kept telling men to go home and clean my guns. “She” was telling me to “follow the
    highlighted road”….and the road was not leading me home. I hate it when the “she” argues with the voices in my head.

  • JustMe November 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Last time I checked GPS doesn’t tell you what lane to be in for the most part. Dumb lady can blame her GPS all day long but there are yellow arrows and signs on the lights to say right turn only. So regardless if she needed to go straight or not she was in the wrong. Bet there will be some lawsuit now against the GPS companies for her stupidity.

  • My Evil Twin November 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    This is one of the lamest excuses there is. And it isn’t even original. GPS is a wonderful tool, but that is ALL it is. And it can be completely off on it’s directions. Besides, Sammy, (the voice on my GPS, just sounds like a witch. “Reeee – cal – culating” in a very snotty voice.
    What ever happened to people actually using their own brains, and their own eyes? I agree with JustMe, this ignorant broad is probably trying to lay the foundation for a law suit.

  • Joanna November 27, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Yikes…you really have to take GPS advice with a grain of salt. My GPS inexplicably told me to take a U-turn the other day, and yet the blue line was telling me to go straight. GPS + common sense + caution is a wonderful thing. Glad no one was hurt!

  • JOSH DALTON November 27, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Between Siri and that GPS chick some people should ask the same question I did. Do I need another woman in my life?

  • Tom November 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    There are no grounds for a lawsuit in this matter. She thought the GPS said to turn there but she read it wrong and decided to go straight while still in the turn lane, then she noticed her mistake in reading the directions. It was a knee jerk reaction that everyone at some point in time has done and often times avoid any issues because of it or narrowly avoid an accident. I am not only talking about knee jerk reactions while driving. It happens all the time. Many times a quick adjustment at the last minute can help us avoid a problem but obviously,sometimes it doesn’t.

  • lp November 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Did most of you miss the fact the the Gps was correct? It was “operator error”, not an error on the Gps.

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