1 taken to hospital, 1 arrested after car slides off dolly on I-15, is T-boned

A St. George woman was transported to the hospital following a northbound Interstate 15 collision involving three vehicles near Washington City Exit 10, Washington, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY – A St. George woman was transported to the hospital early Thursday morning and one man was arrested on felony drug possession charges following what authorities referred to as a “pretty violent crash” on northbound Interstate 15 near Washington City Exit 10.

A St. George woman was transported to the hospital following a northbound Interstate 15 collision involving three vehicles near Washington City Exit 10, Washington, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News
A St. George woman was transported to the hospital following a northbound Interstate 15 collision involving three vehicles near Washington City Exit 10, Washington, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

The male driver and a male passenger of a Mazda pickup truck — both originally from California — were pulling a Nissan Sentra on a car dolly along I-15 as they headed to Ogden where they had recently relocated, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jake Hicks said.

As the Mazda truck neared I-15 milepost 10 at around 6:50 a.m., Hicks said, the dolly started to fishtail and whip, causing the Nissan Sentra to break free from the dolly.

“As it broke free from the dolly,” Hicks said, “it slid perpendicular on the freeway.”

Behind the Mazda truck, a St. George woman in her early-20s was driving a Honda Civic as the Nissan Sentra slid sideways onto the freeway directly in front of her.

“So she basically T-boned that unoccupied Nissan Sentra head-on — just right into the side of it — into the driver’s side,” Hicks said. “It’s at about freeway speed, so probably about 70 mph, and it propelled that Nissan forward and actually sent it into a roll.”

A St. George woman was transported to the hospital following a northbound Interstate 15 collision involving three vehicles near Washington City Exit 10, Washington, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News
A St. George woman was transported to the hospital following a northbound Interstate 15 collision involving three vehicles near Washington City Exit 10, Washington, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

The Nissan Sentra rolled until it came to rest in the median, Hicks said, and the Honda Civic came to a stop in the roadway.

The woman was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George with injuries that weren’t life-threatening, Hicks said.

Although Hicks said it’s not known for certain whether the woman was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, he said he believes she was because she wasn’t ejected during what he referred to as a “pretty violent crash.”

“She absolutely would have been ejected hitting a car at 70 mph like that,” he said. “She would have went right through the windshield. … I can’t imagine her surviving that crash without it.”

A St. George woman was transported to the hospital following a northbound Interstate 15 collision involving three vehicles near Washington City Exit 10, Washington, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News
A St. George woman was transported to the hospital following a northbound Interstate 15 collision involving three vehicles near Washington City Exit 10, Washington, Utah, Jan. 14, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Utah Highway Patrol, St. George News

No other injuries were reported as a result of the collision.

The driver of the Mazda truck was issued a citation for failure to secure a load, Hicks said, and the passenger of the Mazda truck, identified as 18-year-old Daniel Cardoza, was arrested on felony drug possession charges.

“There was quite a bit of drugs in that car,” Hicks said.

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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13 Comments

  • ladybugavenger January 14, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    She should have gone 80 MPH

    • .... January 15, 2016 at 12:44 am

      Why ?

      • ladybugavenger January 15, 2016 at 7:53 am

        It’s a safe speed. The other accident, a head on collision at 80 MPH, they had no injuries….so…….it seems like safe speed. 🙂

        • .... January 15, 2016 at 11:37 am

          Why ?

          • ladybugavenger January 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm

            Because I said so

          • .... January 16, 2016 at 6:20 pm

            Why ?

  • IDIOT COMMENTERS January 14, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    were the perps legal?

  • .... January 15, 2016 at 12:45 am

    I sure hope the dolly wasn’t damaged

  • Russell January 15, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Some of the comments that I read on here, almost daily, truly shows some amazing middle school intelligence.

    • .... January 15, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Well then quit reading your own comments

    • ladybugavenger January 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      I appreciate that…..it’s the fountain of youth- you should try it out 🙂

    • .... January 17, 2016 at 1:26 am

      Better take your Getitol and take a nap. You must be exhausted after making such a long comment

  • .... January 17, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Russel ! Recess is over get back to the classroom and finish coloring your ‘ I love you mommy ‘ poster

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