Bicyclist pinned under truck, seriously injured in collision near cemetery

Emergency workers investigate an accident on 100 South, St. George, Utah, Sept. 25, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A cyclist riding the wrong way at a corner in St. George Friday morning was struck by a pickup truck, run over by the truck and then trapped beneath it.

A bicycle is clearly visible under a pickup truck at the scene of an accident across from the cemetery Friday, St. George, Utah, September 25, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A bicycle is visible underneath a pickup truck at the scene of an accident across from the city cemetery, St. George, Utah, Sept. 25, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Just before 11 a.m. police, fire and ambulance were dispatched to the corner of 600 East and 100 South in St. George, across from the city cemetery. Upon arrival, responders found an 18-year-old St. George woman trapped on her bicycle underneath a pickup truck.

“The pickup was traveling north on 600 East,” St. George Police Officer Tyrell Bangerter said.

The pickup driver stopped at 100 South, Bangerter said, where witnesses said the cyclist was traveling toward him riding against traffic.

“He looked left, started to go,” he said. “He didn’t see her but felt the vehicle go over her.”

The bicyclist was trapped under the truck.

“Her shoe and foot was trapped inside the bike frame, so they were able to cut off her shoe and get her foot out,” St. George Police Sgt. Rich Triplett said. “They (St. George Fire Department) did bring out the Jaws of Life, but those were never used.”

The cyclist’s injuries were “non-life-threatening, but definitely serious,” Triplett said.

The cyclist was immobilized at the scene by Gold Cross Ambulance paramedics and then taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

Citations are pending further review by officers, Bangerter said.

Units from the St. George Police and St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the incident.

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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14 Comments

  • fun bag September 25, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    that’s just terrible. i’d never ride a bike on stg streets

  • ladybugavenger September 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    This is terrible, just terrible.

  • Mike September 25, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Yes, this is terrible and I hope she is okay. I don’t know why bicyclists ride against traffic. Be where the cars expect you to be. You obviously can’t react quickly enough to get out of their way, so you don’t need to see them in advance, they need to see you where you should be. Distracted drivers are bad enough without throwing them something unexpected. (I’m not inferring that the driver in this accident was distracted.)

    • skip2maloo September 26, 2015 at 10:03 am

      You mean “imply”. Or am I wrongly inferring your intent? 🙂

      • Mike September 26, 2015 at 3:39 pm

        Hah! I see what you did there. Since I like to be accurate, I looked it up. My dictionary says “Infer: to guess; speculate; surmise and to hint; imply and suggest.” Thanks, always interested in a grammar lesson.

    • Dexter September 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

      I hope the truck wasn’t damaged.. the bicycle rider is completely at fault.!!!

      • Uncle October 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm

        How do you know that you are in St. George, UT? When you read a redneck comment like this one. How many teeth do you have?

  • tcrider September 26, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I only ride my bike on sidewalks, two times I had some one leave their lane and it has always been cell phone related. These people that ride their bikes with traffic in this city are asking for a short life span.
    I do not care if I get ticketed by cops and will gladly pay the fine.
    Saint george has the absolute worst drivers in any city that I have seen in my life, and for two main reasons: 1. cell phones and 2. no blinkers

  • DRT September 26, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I ride a bicycle, therefore, I am “better than everybody else, and I don’t have to obey the traffic laws.” SMH

  • Scorch September 26, 2015 at 11:34 am

    As a cyclist I can say that StG roads are really quite safe as long as the cyclist is obeying the law and pay attention.
    Choosing the right roads is also important.
    The thing that’s most dangerous is anyone under 40 with a cell phone. I’m talking about you soccer mom in your SUV.

    • Mike September 26, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      I agree. Folks who think these drivers are the worst have either forgotten or have never been around other cities. As on a motorcycle, ride as if you are not expecting drivers to see you and you will be safer.

  • ladybugavenger September 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I was taught to walk your bike across an intersection. But I grew up in California and Utah has different rules smh

    • Dexter September 26, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Oh well miss goody two shoe walked her bike across the street… I’m really impressed… LOL

  • .... September 28, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    The City Council has repealed the law regarding no riding bicycles on sidewalks. hopefully it helps

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