Cellphone use leads to 3-vehicle accident; parked truck crashes into yard

Distracted driving collision in the Dixie Downs area of St. George, Utah, April 22, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Distracted driving led to a domino-effect collision in St. George Wednesday evening when an 18-year-old woman using a cellphone crashed into a parked truck, knocking the truck into another parked vehicle. The truck then continued down the street, ending up in the front yard of a residence.

Distracted driving collision in the Dixie Downs area of St. George, Utah, April 22, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Distracted driving collision in the Dixie Downs area of St. George, Utah, April 22, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

“Unfortunately, she was playing on her phone and not paying attention,” St. George Police Sgt. Dave Williams said.

Just after 7 p.m., the woman was driving west on 1370 North in a red Ford Crown Victoria with a child riding as a passenger in the car. The woman was using her cellphone while driving, Williams said, and crashed into an unoccupied Dodge Ram that was parked on the side of the road. The impact knocked the Dodge into another unoccupied parked vehicle.

“The Dodge continued down the road and stopped in someone’s front yard,” Williams said.

The child in the vehicle was not injured in the crash. The woman was treated at the scene of the accident for facial injuries.

“She sustained some minor injuries to her face that were caused by the phone hitting her face,” Williams said.

The Crown Victoria was totaled in the collision.

Distracted driving collision in the Dixie Downs area of St. George, Utah, April 22, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Distracted driving collision in the Dixie Downs area of St. George, Utah, April 22, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Neighborhood residents at the scene said the Dodge truck belongs to some people who are away on vacation.

“The neighbors got ahold of them,” Kent Halladay said, “because they’ve gotta make a decision if they want to have a tow truck pull that truck off the lawn and storage it, or if the people want to let somebody put their truck back up here.”

The woman in the Crown Victoria was cited for distracted driving.

“We were lucky that no one was (badly) injured,” Williams said. “It’s a reminder you’ve gotta put the phone down.”

“Texts and music and phone calls will wait,” he added. “Nothing is that important.”

The St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene.

Senior reporter Mori Kessler contributed to this report

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8 Comments

  • Real Life April 23, 2015 at 8:11 am

    So the cel phone hit her in the face? Poetic justice for being a complete moron.

  • sagemoon April 23, 2015 at 9:53 am

    LMAO I’m just feeling bad for the poor folks who got their property damaged.

    • Free Parking April 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      Well it ain’t everyday you get into an auto accident while sitting in your chair watching T V….. Stupid is as Stupid does

  • CaliGirl April 23, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Nice job SGN, thamks to your details and lovely photos, everyone knows what house is prime to rob/burglarize. Way to go.

    • Cami Cox Jim Cami Cox Jim April 23, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      The address of any particular house isn’t specified in the story, and the yard where the truck ended up was not the truck owner’s yard, as the story indicates.

  • Looneybugavenger April 23, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    SHUT UP.. CALIGIRL and get the facts before opening mouth and inserting foot

  • Mean Momma April 23, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    I have an idea…. Everyone who is ticketed for and/or causes an accident because of being on a cell phone or texting should have their picture and name put in the news for everyone to see. Maybe people would think twice.

    • Free Parking April 24, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Why go through all that.? They’re not going to stop. and anybody who thinks that people will stop using they’re cell phone’s while driving is an idiot

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