ST. GEORGE – The 18-year-old man involved in a scooter collision on 700 South in the area of 900 East in St. George Tuesday morning has died after succumbing to his injuries, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Though police were initially seeking the driver of a vehicle that had stopped to render aid at the accident scene, that search has been called off for undisclosed reasons.
When medical personnel arrived on scene following the incident, the 18-year-old scooter rider was not breathing and had sustained head injuries after being struck by a vehicle at approximately 6:50 a.m., according to a statement released by the St. George Police Department.
Preliminary information about the accident suggests the scooter driver was traveling east on 700 South and had just traveled under the Interstate 15 overpass when the he lost control of the scooter and began to slide in the travel lane, the police statement said.
The scooter was in the outside travel lane, closest to the curb, and came to rest in the same lane. The rider was dislodged from the scooter and was in, or close to, the adjacent travel lane.
A vehicle that approached the scooter stopped and turned on its hazard lights. Another vehicle approaching the scene passed the car and struck the downed scooter rider, the police statement said.
The driver that struck the scooter remained on scene and cooperated with investigators. However, the motorist that stopped and turned on hazard lights left the scene prior to officers being able to interview the person.
Investigators were trying to identify the motorist who stopped and turned on hazard lights earlier in the day Tuesday. However, just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Despain said, they were no longer looking for any cars possibly involved in the incident but would not elaborate as to whether the car had been located.
Police have not released the identity of the teen or the contributing factors that led to him losing control and falling off his scooter prior to being hit by the passing car.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement as the investigation continues. It may not contain the full scope of findings.
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