Driver says car turned on its own, causing accident near River Road; STGnews Videocast

ST. GEORGE — St. George Police were dispatched to an unusual incident Saturday afternoon after a car was found on top of a brick landscaping wall at the intersection of 1710 South Circle and River Road.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the driver of a Buick Century turned off of River Road onto 1710 South Circle, traveled to the end of the neighborhood, turned around and then took a sharp right turn, which caused the car to jump the curb and a brick landscaping wall near the intersection of River Road, St. George Police Sgt. Wade Johnson said.

A Buick Century lands atop a brick wall at 1710 South Circle and River Road during a single-vehicle accident, St. George, Utah, March 21, 2015|Photo courtesy of Dylan Westover, St. George News
A Buick Century lands atop a brick wall at 1710 South Circle and River Road during a single-vehicle accident, St. George, Utah, March 21, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Dylan Westover, St. George News

“He said he was coming back and (the car) immediately took a right turn on its own and hopped the curb and hopped the wall,”Johnson said. “He said he has been having some mechanical issues with the car. We have no way to verify if the car is having mechanical issues or not.”

The driver was not injured in the crash, but the vehicle sustained damage to the hood and driver’s side. A couple of iris bushes and a sprinkler head were damaged in the accident, and some bricks were knocked out of the wall, Johnson said.

The driver was cited for unsafe lane travel.

The St. George Police Department attended to the scene.

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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11 Comments

  • laytonian March 22, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Of course it was having mechanical issues. It’s an old junker.

  • fun bag March 22, 2015 at 11:09 am

    takes skill to jump a car up an embankment like that. expert stg driving skills right there

  • fun bag March 22, 2015 at 11:10 am

    maybe next time this idiot’s car “turns on its own” someone get killed…

    • Robb March 23, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      ‘someone get killed’ Is it talk or type like Tonto day, Gas Bag? Me hate when no one tell me.

  • Real Life March 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    The K-9 unit was called in?

    • munchie March 22, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Wanted to make sure the car wasn’t under the influence of drugs, I guess

  • ladybugavenger March 22, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Herbie?

  • CaliGirl March 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Home For Sale… Car included!

  • Mesaizacd March 22, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Amittyville Horror goes mobile

  • sagemoon March 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

    LOL These are some great comments. I can’t think of a good one. Good job, guys.

  • Robb March 23, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Maybe he got into a Google car by mistake.

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