ST. GEORGE – The passenger in Saturday’s fatal Corvette accident on state Route 7 in St. George, also known as Southern Parkway, has been released from the hospital, a family friend told St. George News Sunday.
Dustin Cummings, 27, of Washington City, was riding as a passenger in a white Corvette driven by Colin Wiest, 32, of St. George, Saturday afternoon. Wiest is believed to have been traveling at speeds exceeding 100 mph, Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Shawn Hinton said in an interview Saturday. As the Corvette crossed the threshold of the River Road structure on SR-7, the car became airborne and crashed into the guardrail, lodging beneath it and sliding approximately 200 feet. The guardrail pierced the car and impacted Wiest’s neck, Hinton said. Wiest was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cummings, the passenger in the Corvette, was taken from the accident scene to Dixie Regional Medical Center Saturday in critical condition. As of Sunday night, Cummings has been released from the hospital but will continue to be closely monitored, Kelsi Simpson, a family friend who went to school with Cummings, said.
“He is still not out of the woods yet,” Simpson said.
Cummings sustained a severe injury to one arm and came close to losing an eye as a result of the accident, Simpson said. He additionally has bleeding on his brain.
“He is in a lot of pain right now,” she said.
UHP investigators were performing additional accident reconstruction at the site of the crash as of Sunday afternoon to try and ascertain the precise speed at which the Corvette was traveling, UHP Sgt. Danny Ferguson said.
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