Turn cut short results in River Road collision

Buick Lacrosse involved in a two-car collision at the intersection of River Road and Riverside Drive, St. George, Utah, Aug. 31, 2014 | Photo by Devan Chavez, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A left-hand turn cut too short resulted in a two-car collision Sunday afternoon at the intersection of East Riverside Drive and South River Road in St. George.

At 6:14 p.m., a man driving a dark-grey Buick Lacrosse, heading north on River Road, made a left-hand turn heading west on Riverside Drive, St. George Police Officer Curtis Raban said, when he struck a black Volkswagen Jetta in the turning lane carrying four occupants.

The driver of the Buick reportedly made the turn too short, Raban said, cutting into the turning lane on the upcoming street.

Shannon Evertsen, the driver of the Volkswagen, said two of the four occupants in her vehicle were children.

No injuries were reported, Raban said, but both vehicles required a tow truck to remove them from the scene. The St. George Fire Department also responded to the area to clean up fluid residue from the accident.

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

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15 Comments

  • patient August 31, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Wow I hope he learned a lesson there, cause there are so many people that does that and when your uP front in that turn lane and clearly behind the white line and people are zooming in like there’s are fire at there house and look at you like your the idiot. Really, all you have to do is take that left turn nice and slow and you’ll see how easy it is, hello!!!

  • Char August 31, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Sounds like he was hurrying to turn before the opposing car got too close. Idiot.

  • Crazydog lady September 1, 2014 at 2:06 am

    If you have to take your turns “nice and slow” maybe you shouldn’t be driving your car any more. I can drive my car around corners at a normal speed and still navigate into the lane without crossing the double yellow line, which seems to a major problem with drivers here. The amount of accidents we have here everyday now shows how bad the drivers are here.

  • crackyoback September 1, 2014 at 4:30 am

    I totally agree patient. It is crazy how many people cut that corner short, it’s like they’re afraid they don’t have any room to use their lane, especially when there are 2 turning lanes and the guy on the outside is cutting his corner as well. Ridiculous. I’m surprised it never happened sooner.

  • Country September 1, 2014 at 7:59 am

    The city needs more traffic circles to prevent these accidents

  • taintofgreatness September 1, 2014 at 8:19 am

    wow. another boneheaded driver in this town. these avoidable accidents every day are getting old.

  • Sadie September 1, 2014 at 8:45 am

    They need a light in front of the Target Store on River Road.

    • indy-vfr September 1, 2014 at 9:32 am

      I don’t know about a light in front of Target. Since the typical speed there is 50 to 55, it would be pretty ugly when they run the red light.

  • padmae01 September 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I was in the turning lane at Green Springs when a driver just about ran over the top of my car making his left hand turn. I honked at him because he scared me, he was that close. And he flipped ME off. Like it was my fault he was turning so sharp. It is possible to turn left and clear the other cars. Just pay attention. Even if there is not another car in the other lane you are not supposed to cross those lines.

  • Lala September 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I was in the turning lane at Green Springs when a driver just about ran over the top of my car making his left hand turn. I honked at him because he scared me, he was that close. And he flipped ME off. Like it was my fault he was turning so sharp. It is possible to turn left and clear the other cars. Just pay attention. Even if there is not another car in the other lane you are not supposed to cross those lines. Be careful people!

  • Dixie Drivers September 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    When someone crashes into you, do you ask “Are you from Dixie?”

    • bobber September 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      I usually ask if they are also a worthy member.

  • patient September 2, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Pour Boober you sound like you wanted to be a Bishop so so Bad, lo wonder your asking about worthyness all the time.

  • patient September 2, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Well got to say my prayers good night beautiful Dixie.

    • Bosoms September 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

      Don’t forget to take your meds

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