1 dead after rollover near Coral Canyon Golf Course; STGnews Videocast

Responders investigate a fatal rollover near the Coral Canyon Golf Course, Washington City, Utah, Dec. 4, 2014 | Photo by Melissa Anderson, St. George News, KCSG

WASHINGTON CITY — A man was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday afternoon after his Chevrolet Corvette rolled multiple times down a steep embankment near Coral Canyon Golf Course in Washington City.

A Corvette came to a stop amid trees at the bottom of an embankment, Washington City, Utah, Dec. 4, 2014 | Photo by Melissa Anderson, St. George News, KCSG
The Corvette came to a stop amid trees at the bottom of an embankment, Washington City, Utah, Dec. 4, 2014 | Photo by Melissa Anderson, St. George News, KCSG

At 4:30 p.m., Washington City Police officers were dispatched to a traffic accident on Telegraph Street near Fourteen Fairway Drive in Washington City. The driver of the Corvette had been traveling westbound on Telegraph Street near the Coral Canyon Golf Course, with his dog riding in the vehicle, when, at a high rate of speed, the Corvette left the roadway and went down the embankment, Washington City Police Public Information Officer Ed Kantor said. The man was ejected from the vehicle after it left the roadway, and the Corvette rolled down a 20- to 30-foot embankment.

(Report continues below)

Videocast by Melissa Anderson, KCSG and St. George News

The accident is still under investigation, and at the time of this publication, the reason the Corvette left the roadway is still unknown. However, evidence gathered in the initial investigation indicates speed was possibly a contributing factor, Kantor said. Whether the man was wearing a seat belt has also not yet been determined.

“It will be some time before the cause of the accident is determined,” Kantor said.

The state medical examiner was called to the scene and will take custody of the body and continue the investigation into the cause of the man’s death.

The dog, a Boston terrier, survived the accident and was taken by Washington City Animal Control to the Washington City Animal Shelter, where it will be held until ownership can be verified and it can be released to the proper party.

The identity of the Corvette driver has not been released at the time of this publication.

The Washington City Police Department, Washington City Fire Department and Utah Highway Patrol responded to the scene and spent hours there investigating the crash. As of about 6:30 p.m., Kantor said the responders would likely have to leave the scene when it became too dark and return Friday morning.

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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17 Comments

  • Paul December 4, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Hmmmm another corvette white too speeding

    • Doug December 5, 2014 at 7:58 am

      This is why insurance rates are much higher on sports cars.

  • Dana December 5, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Glad the Boston Terrier survived.

  • kev December 5, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Sad story. Hard to believe the dog survived. I hope they change the dogs name to Lucky.

  • Koolaid December 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

    People here are probably more concerned about the dog than the person. Priorities.

    • UncleLenny December 5, 2014 at 8:58 am

      True. People make choices. The dog didn’t have a say.

    • Dana December 5, 2014 at 9:09 am

      You nailed it, Koolaid.

    • sagemoon December 5, 2014 at 9:46 am

      I am sad for the deceased, the dog, and the family and friends who will be grieving.

    • Robb Willie December 5, 2014 at 9:48 am

      I can’t believe I agree with you.

    • Dee December 5, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      But yet you posted this on a previous story: Koolaid December 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm · Reply

      Was the 82 year old driving his age or the speed limit

      Where is YOUR concern?

      • koolaid December 6, 2014 at 12:41 am

        That guy was speeding according to reports

  • My Evil Twin December 5, 2014 at 10:59 am

    One less fool on the road endangering everyone’s life. I have no sympathy for him. Maybe for his family. Koolaid talks about people being more concerned for the dog. Well, the dog did not endanger anybody. The dog had no say in the operation of the car.
    The more I know people, the more I like dogs.

    • Koolaid December 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Let’s have a fundraiser for the dog.

  • Chris December 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Corvette owners do not appear to be the most responsible drivers.

  • M and M cookies December 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    A corvette goes fast ????? Wow, it’s the driver practicing for formula one race…

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP December 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    He was trying to impress the dog with how fast the car would go, but the dog wasn’t interested…

  • Moveback7spaces December 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I hope no desert tortoises were injured and I’m also concerned about the damage done to the landscape

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