News Short: Man’s best friend causes head-on collision

Stock image; photo does not represent the accident in the attached report | Image by St. George News

ST. GEORGE —  The driver of a passenger car collided head-on with a minivan carrying children on Tuesday after his dog jumped into his lap while he was driving.

Members of the St. George Police Department responded to an accident at 750 N. 3050 East at approximately 1:22 p.m. where a small yellow Mitsubishi  collided with a minivan, St. George Police Officer Tyrell Bangerter said. The Mitsubishi, driven by a man in his 20’s, was heading southbound on 3050 East when he drifted  into oncoming traffic.

“The driver had a large dog that jumped in his lap making it so he couldn’t see,” Bangerter said. “He drifted into oncoming traffic and struck the van head-on”

The minivan, driven by a young female in her late 20’s to early 30’s and carrying her children, was waiting in the northbound left-turn lane, when the Mitsubishi crashed into it, Bangerter said.

The mother and the children were not injured, but the driver of the Mitsubishi did have a cut on his head, Bangerter said. Even though he was cut, he was not transported by ambulance.

Bangerter could not confirm at the time if any citations had been issued in the incident, nor was the information available by time of publication.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

St. George News Reporter Devan Chavez contributed to this report.

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26 Comments

  • ladybugavenger January 6, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Another distracted driving accident. Accidents are very popular around here. Is that why the utah DMV requires higher coverage on vehicles than Nevada?

  • Mike January 6, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Cute headline…but don’t blame the dog.

    • Evil Twins Mommy January 7, 2015 at 8:19 am

      Mike yeah I liked the headline to

  • Evil Twins Mommy January 7, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Well here it comes mandatory laws for a dog in a car.. Put a helmet on the dog put the dog in a cage with roll bars and airbags and strap the cage down with special designed hold down straps. and you must have food and water in the cage at all times.

  • Evil Twins Mommy January 7, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Oh yeah I almost forgot I’m sure the dog will have to appear in traffic court. after all this is St George

  • Dana January 7, 2015 at 5:38 am

    The headline should have read: “Failure of idiot to properly secure his canine causes collision.” The dog didn’t cause the collision.
    Secure your pets while in your car either by confining them within a pet carrier or through pet seat restraints.

    • Evil Twins Mommy January 7, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Wow take a chill pill and find a friend

      • Dana January 8, 2015 at 6:34 am

        If you have ever treated a dog that was in an accident, you would see the value of properly securing your pets in a moving vehicle.

        • Anon January 20, 2015 at 8:49 am

          By your comment, I’m assuming that you are a vet. Do you have any favorite restraint products that you would recommend to those of us with dogs?

  • Billy Madison January 7, 2015 at 7:49 am

    I hope the dog gets a ticket and spends some time in the big house.

    • Betty January 7, 2015 at 11:30 am

      better yet, the dog house!

  • Mean Momma January 7, 2015 at 9:19 am

    How is the dog? I hope it wasn’t hurt!

  • Steve January 7, 2015 at 9:24 am

    You need to stop “prettying” up your articles with stock photos that don’t show us what happened. Give us the truth and nothing but the truth.

  • arts and letters January 7, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I think it’s just darned lucky that the vehicle with the woman and her children was stopped at the time, otherwise they’d likely be seriously injured or dead. But let’s not be concerned about them. Let’s worry about the idiot and his idiot dog. Egad.

    • Evil Twins Mommy January 8, 2015 at 1:17 am

      I am concerned about the dog

  • Evil Twins Mommy January 7, 2015 at 10:29 am

    You can’t handle the truth… LOL

  • Koolaid January 7, 2015 at 10:37 am

    No additional citations for the dog lap-dancing or for soliciting a lap dance?

    • ladybugavenger January 7, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Totally legal here

  • Koolaid January 7, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Well, we know the guy wasn’t a Romney. Otherwise, the dog would have been strapped to the top of the car.

    • OFFICER MCGRUFF January 7, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Actually, glad it wasn’t Obama, or the dog would have been dinner.

  • InShock January 7, 2015 at 11:40 am

    In other news, it’s dry here – drink more water

  • The Rest Of The Story January 7, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Man’s Best Friend? You mean a fleshlight caused a collision?

  • Evil Twins Mommy January 8, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I’m just glad the dog is okay

  • Evil Twins Mommy January 8, 2015 at 1:19 am

    Let’s have a fundraiser for the dog.!

  • Koolaid January 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    What did the man say when he caught his wife with his best friend? “Bad dog! Bad dog! Baaaaad Dog!”

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