CEDAR CITY – Cedar City Police arrested a man for leaving the scene of an accident Friday evening after officers responded to a hit-and-run call where a minor girl was reported injured. The reason for the alleged hit-and-run, the girl’s mother said, was a disagreement about a slumber party.
Officers took Shawn Thomas Price into custody after responding to a call on Wedgewood Lane in Cedar City at about 7 p.m. Friday, Cedar City Police Sgt. Jimmy Roden said.
When officers arrived on scene, they observed a girl with a foot injury. She told them the injury was caused by a man in a white car who hit her with his vehicle and then left the scene.
Witnesses gave officers the license plate number and a description of the vehicle, Roden said. Price was later located based on that information.
The injured girl’s mother, Jamie Ball, said she saw the whole incident unfold. She said the impetus of the hit-and-run was a question of her daughter and Price’s daughter having a sleepover; Ball said she is still confused about how the situation escalated to the degree that it did.
Ball said her youngest daughter was friends with Price’s daughter from elementary school and they wanted to have a sleepover together. Ball was not comfortable having her daughter sleep over at Price’s home and told her no. Ball said her daughter and Price’s daughter ran off crying, so Ball sent her 13-year-old daughter after them to offer a sleepover at the Balls’ house instead.
Ball said both of her daughters had returned and, as they gathered in front of their apartment to discuss the matter, a white Suzuki Samurai tore into the parking lot, whipping past Ball’s 13-year-old daughter, who was still walking through the parking lot making her way to her mother.
“(My daughter) screamed ‘Mom,’ because she knew who it was and was afraid,” Ball said, “and he (Price) stopped the car and gunned it in reverse directly at my daughter and hit her.”
Ball’s 13-year-old said she was scared and tried to run, but when she got near the curb the car struck her and she “flew” into the rocks. She said she hurt her hip on impact but that she felt lucky not to have fallen off the 10-foot drop only inches from where she had landed.
Despite the 13-year-old’s pain, she grabbed her little sister and ran into the apartment with her to get her out of harm’s way, Ball said.
Ball said Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City treated her daughter Friday night and discharged her with a diagnosis of muscle strain and with a recommendation to see an orthopedic specialist to examine the possibility of a pelvic fracture.
“He said that there was one part on the X-ray that he couldn’t tell,” she said, “so he splinted her from hip to toe.”
After a Monday examination, Ball said, her daughter’s pelvis was determined not to be broken but pain management was still necessary, along with rest. She said the point of impact is bright purple and black and very sensitive to the touch.
Roden said Price was taken into custody Friday night and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury and also on an unrelated protective order violation, both class A misdemeanors. He said the protective order had nothing to do with this case, and the violation occurred because Price had been consuming alcohol when police arrived to follow up on the report, which is against the order’s mandate.
At the time of this publication, Price has been released from the Iron County Jail on bond.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
Ed. note: The two minor girls in this report who wanted a sleepover are still in elementary school and know each other from school.
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