Woman, child transported to hospital after driver runs red light

ST. GEORGE — A woman and her 3-year-old daughter were transported to the hospital Thursday morning after a truck ran a red light and collided with their vehicle at the intersection of 100 South and River Road in St. George.

Shortly before 8 a.m., a GMC Sierra truck was traveling south on River Road and approaching 100 South, St. George Police Officer Derek Lewis said, while a Buick SUV, traveling east, was making a left-hand turn from 100 South onto River Road.

“The east and west traffic lights were green,” Lewis said, “so the north and south was red and the Sierra truck ran the red light, striking the Buick SUV, which caused the Buick to spin about 90 degrees towards the south.”

Both the woman and her child were transported via ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George with non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident, Lewis said; the man driving the Sierra truck did not have any reported injuries.

Traffic was slowed for approximately 30 minutes and one traffic lane was closed while crews cleared the debris and towed the Buick SUV. The driver of the Sierra truck was able to retain his vehicle.

The truck driver was issued a citation for failure to stop at the traffic signal, Lewis said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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14 Comments

  • goldie August 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Good Grief, St. George! I would encourage everyone to SLOW DOWN, put away any distractions and keep your focus on driving. We have seen so many accidents — many very serious — over the past couple of weeks. Otherwise, please do your fellow drivers a favor and stay off the roadways.

    • Mark August 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Sad to say, but this will continue to happen, I know the person that passed yesterday in the cement truck incident, that was an accident, this is pure stupidity and recklessnes and I see it all the time, the moron that caused this needs to be charged with reckless driving causing injury and should lose license for a year at mimimum.

      • DAVE August 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

        Mark, why should he be charged with “reckless driving causing injury” and lose his license, for at least a year? You don’t know the driver and maybe he is (an otherwise) very conscientious person? … I think that perhaps he had a change in his morning routine and/or was slightly sleep-deprived? … Because of this, he may have experienced an inadvertant lapse in memory, causing him to forget that RED means STOP? This poor guy has already suffered enough and now also has to pay a citation, because of something that was beyond his control!!!!! (was that a sufficient amount of exclamation points, to accurately describe my disgust, of your hateful comments?) … I’ll throw in an UGH!, for good measure! There is a cognitive neuroscience… a malfunction of the basic ganglin and the pre-frontal cortex thingamajiggies, that suppressed his thought-based processes and well, if you don’t know what I’m saying, then LOOK IT UP, MARK! I am starting a fundraiser for his legal defense. Those of you who would like to make a contribution, please visit: www . heblindedmewithscience / areyouserious / damskippy . org

        • ladybugavenger August 29, 2014 at 10:48 am

          right, couldn’t have said it better. The new defense for everyone!!! Or is it just for April

        • Reader August 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm

          BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!
          I LOVE IT!

          And I will donate to this fine upstanding citizens cause!

      • Anna August 28, 2014 at 10:58 pm

        It was an accident, not an on purpose. Do you know when the light turned red ? Do you know that the other driver didn’t jump the green ? I have seen it a thousand times out here, people are in such a hurry that the minute the light turns green they shoot out into the intersection without even bothering to check if it’s safe or not. I am not saying that is what happened here, but your idea of punishment is pretty harsh, is that how you would want to be treated ? Have you never accidentally run a red light? Followed a little too closely ? Cut someone off not meaning to ? I know you have, you are not perfect. Glad that everyone is okay, but again, it was an accident, not a planned occurance.

    • indy-vfr August 28, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      As I see everyday on our streets, the Speed Limits are totally ignored! If you drive the speed limit on River Road you in danger of being run off of the road!

  • mark August 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Yes I have taken some red lights because it changed at the last second, however I looked to make sure it was safe and nobody coming towards me making a left, (Anna) , or that no cars are jumping the green, and as a matter of fact yesterday on my way home for lunch a dumb girl in a big suv cut me off at this exact location (kitty corner from this location) I was going north on River Rd through GREEN light she made a right from 100 onto NB River Rd I was in the instersection when she jumped out, I went around her threw my hands up asking WTF ? are you thinking, I would of been ok with a I’m sorry gesture but she was to busy on her phone, complete Moron !, OK make it 30 days no driving (or a big fine) maybe that will sink in, but everyday (and I have posted this many times) I drive from Mall Drive and Red Cliffs south onto River Rd to Riverside DR, and not one day goes by that I don’t get caught off going in both directions where? at the locations that always has accidents River Rd @ St. Blvd, 100 s, 700 s, and finally Riverside Dr , I can understand people backing into each other in bad parking lots and two cars merging into the same lane at the same time, but people turning into oncoming traffic taking the right of way from someone else, that is STUPIDITY.

    • Simone August 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      I have a question Mark, if you ” have taken some red lights because it changed at the last second…” How did you have time to make sure the intersection was safe? Or is ti because you, like the “dumb girl in the big suv” were paying more attention to something other then you driving? I ask because in my experience people who say that they ran a light because it changed at the last second left out the fact that they either didn’t see the 10-15 second long yellow light that came immediately before it, because they weren’t paying attention tho their driving or simply decided to ignore it because of their belief that “it won’t happen to me, Im God’s chosen child”.

  • bobber August 29, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Its because our cops would rather play GI JOE swat commando than actually do needed traffic policing…

  • Koolaid August 29, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Ease up on the koolaid, lady!

  • Beerbelly August 29, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Did the driver of the Buick get cited for Driving an Ugly Car? Of course the Ranier is not nearly as ugly as it’s Pontiac Sibling the Aztec, it is still a very ugly car and you deserve a ticket just for driving one.
    Nobody deserves to be hit by a red light runner though, regardless of how ugly their car is.

  • groanattack August 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    WOW! This town is full of stupid!

    • ladybugavenger August 30, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Fantastic, you found a place that you fit right in.

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