Man driving stolen vehicle causes accident, flees on foot

The stolen Kia Soul after the accident that occurred in the intersection of 350 North and 2450 East in St. George, Utah, Oct. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A man driving a stolen vehicle ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle Friday afternoon, then he and one of his passengers fled the scene on foot in the area of 350 N. 2450 East in St. George.

Shortly after 3 p.m., a woman driving a Jeep Liberty SUV was traveling northbound on 2450 East and, as she approached the 350 North intersection, a man traveling westbound on 350 North in a silver Kia Soul with two passengers ran the stop sign and struck the Liberty, St. George Police Officer Mike Christensen said. The collision sent the Liberty into a residential yard, where it came to rest on some rocks.

St. George police officer responds to the accident that occurred in the intersection of 350 N. and 2450 East in St. George, Utah, Oct. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
St. George Police officer responds to an accident at the intersection of 350 North and 2450 East in St. George, Utah, Oct. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

St. George police officers and the St. George Fire Department responded to the scene.

Torrey Bundy, 22, of St. George, the driver of the Liberty, said she was on her way to work when the Kia hit the passenger side of her vehicle hard and caused her to lose control.

“It happened so fast. I was holding on to the steering wheel and I went up onto the rocks. I got out of my car and I saw two kids … ran up and asked me if I was OK and then they took off,” Bundy said. “I think they were the ones driving the other car.”

The Kia driver and one passenger fled westbound on foot and the second passenger, a juvenile girl, stayed on scene, Christensen said. Police officers were dispatched to locate the two men who had run from the scene.

Upon running the license plate of the Kia Soul, officers discovered it had been stolen out of Ogden and an “attempt to locate” was placed on it Thursday out of the Unified Police Department of Salt Lake County.

Emily and Jade pose with a thank you picture they designed and gave to the St. George police officers and St. George firefighters on scene at the intersection of 350 N. and 2450 East in St. George, Utah, Oct. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
Emily and Jade pose with a thank you picture they designed and gave to the St. George police officers and St. George firefighters on scene at the intersection of 350 N. and 2450 East in St. George, Utah, Oct. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

Officers were able to locate the Kia driver and passenger, St. George Police Lt. Joe Hartman said. The passenger was detained, but the driver took off running. After the passenger was interviewed, officers released him from custody, Hartman said.

The juvenile girl who had been in the Kia was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Both vehicles were towed.

As of 6:30 p.m. Friday, St. George Police officers are still looking for the driver of the stolen vehicle, and the incident is still under investigation.

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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6 Comments

  • Bobber October 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Well, that’s just too cute!

  • Chuck Brown October 17, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Those girls are so cute and kind….you see there is good in the world today..I would never want to do the job of a police officer, they are so underrated and deserve more respect..

  • joanna October 18, 2014 at 6:01 am

    It’s been a rough week for Kia Souls!

    Those little girls are a wonderful bright spot in this whole thing. How cute!

    • JOSH DALTON (INCOGNEGRO) October 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

      but a good week for body shops, hospitals and Findlay Kia! Somebody needs to tell the girl’s mother (on the right) to get some lotion for those little knees. My mother would never let that happen…even more so if I was going to have a photo opportunity with Saint George News knowing that every picture is scrutinized by heartless smart tookus types. GO FALCONS!

      • Stunned October 18, 2014 at 10:27 pm

        Out of all the things to comment on, you have to say something negative about a little girl. Not only does it bring nothing to the conversation, it is just inappropriate. These girls are obviously very sweet . . .

      • Robb Willie October 19, 2014 at 12:08 am

        …heartless smart tookus types…like You? You’re a jerk. Go play outside.

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