Jeep rear-ends Honda on River Road; three transported to hospital

Emergency responders working the scene of an accident at the intersection of River Road and Ft. Pierce Drive, St. George, Utah, Jan. 14, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Michael Schoppe, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Three people were transported to the hospital Wednesday morning after a Jeep rear-ended a Honda on River Road.

Emergency responders working the scene of an accident at the intersection of River Road and Ft. Pierce Drive, St. George, Utah, Jan. 14, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Michael Schoppe, St. George News
Emergency responders working the scene of an accident at the intersection of River Road and Ft. Pierce Drive, St. George, Utah, Jan. 14, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Michael Schoppe, St. George News

At approximately 8:00 a.m., St. George Police received reports of a vehicle collision at the intersection of River Road and Fort Pierce Drive, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.

A Honda passenger car, driven by a 15-year-old girl and carrying an adult male passenger and a six-year-old child, was stopped at a red light facing south on River Road, Despain said. At that time, a Jeep Wrangler, driven by a man driving south,  rear-ended the Honda.

“The Jeep, for whatever reason, didn’t see that the light was red,” Despain said. “It hit the (Honda) pretty fast. It was going between 30-40 mph.”

The 15-year-old girl operating the Honda was driving with a learner’s permit, Despain said.

All three occupants in the Honda were injured and transported by Gold Cross Ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center, Despain said. At this time, the extent of their injuries is unknown.

Emergency responders working the scene of an accident at the intersection of River Road and Ft. Pierce Drive, St. George, Utah, Jan. 14, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Michael Schoppe, St. George News
Emergency responders working the scene of an accident at the intersection of River Road and Ft. Pierce Drive, St. George, Utah, Jan. 14, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Michael Schoppe, St. George News

Both vehicles were damaged, and a tow-truck was required to remove them from the scene, Despain said.

“Getting rear-ended at that speed is pretty significant,” Despain said. “It caused a fair amount of damage to both vehicles.”

The driver of the Jeep was not injured, Despain said, but was given a citation for following too close.

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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19 Comments

  • BunnyRabbit2015 January 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    hope the idiots insurance goes up 10,000% … what a clown

    • bully January 14, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Poor guy. Wonder if his I Phone was damaged? Hope he was he insured and not in the country iilegally. Now if he was from California, he has no problem.

      • arts and letters January 14, 2015 at 8:34 pm

        I’ll be surprised if he’s not just a local yahoo. We don’t need to worry about illegals or California drivers when we have plenty of local drivers, St. George born and bred, who drive like maniacs. Let’s not shirk that knowledge. Just look down your block, you’ll find one.

        • Itsajeepthing January 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm

          It’s to bad that you moved here before you found out about the crazy local yahoo’s.
          It’s scary out there.
          Jeeps guns trucks and other scary nonsense.

    • One for the road January 15, 2015 at 8:47 am

      I’m in favor of that

  • arts and letters January 14, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    This looks like the jeep that went speeding past me a couple of days ago headed to River Road. I thought at the time it was an accident looking for a place to happen. I’m sorry to hear it happened and hurt everyone but the driver of the jeep. A ticket for following too closely is hardly enough for a driver like this. Failing to notice that a light is red and that traffic ahead is stopped is more like dangerous or reckless driving at the least. Hope he’s got good insurance to pay for the damage he caused and I hope the young driver of the Honda didn’t get too traumatized to drive again. This city really needs to get off its duff and do something serious about the reckless drivers here. We all see it every day.

    • BunnyRabbit2015 January 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      Ya it pisses me off. I rarely see anyone pulled over in this town…

      • Evil Twins Mommy January 15, 2015 at 7:21 am

        Yeah, and when you do see somebody pulled over, it is either a teenager or a minority. Why don’t they ever stop the old white people who can’t drive worth crap.

        • One for the road January 15, 2015 at 8:44 am

          Your such a stupid dork trying to make us think your. EVIL TWINS. MOMMY. ha ha ha get a life

    • Itsajeepthing January 15, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      He was trying to crawl over the Honda . It’s a jeep thing that you would not understand.

  • Floyd Kitchen January 14, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    It’s a no brainer what the Jeep Driver was doing. He sure wasn’t looking up…..

  • Evil Twins Mommy January 14, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Yeah the way some people drive here its no wonder more people aren’t killed and as ARTS and LETTERS posted something needs to be done

  • groanattack January 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Can you say DUMB PIE?

    • sagemoon January 15, 2015 at 8:29 am

      DUMB PIE!

    • One for the road January 15, 2015 at 8:46 am

      Better than that ask them to spell it.!

  • marcbeth January 14, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Any update on how they are doing?

  • Itsajeepthing January 15, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    This does not surprise me , I smack into somebody with my jeep and I came out unhurt. From observation I think jeeps should get a higher safety rating .
    I have a good friend that ran head on with a rented Honda full of Chinese nationals and everybody went to the hospital but him.

    • Red Rock Lover January 15, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Its because their american made not some european plastic body crap.

  • Red Rock Lover January 15, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    st george drivers are the worst! I’m almost hit by some idiot at least once a month! And its not a jeep owner thing its a st george thing.

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