Collision results in vehicle impound

ST. GEORGE – A collision at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Dixie Downs Drive Monday evening resulted in one of the vehicles involved being impounded by police.

A failure to yield to to oncoming traffic on a left turn resulted in a collision at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Dixie Downs Drive, St. George, Utah, April 4, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Jesse Applegate, St. George News
A failure to yield to oncoming traffic on a left turn resulted in a collision at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Dixie Downs Drive, St. George, Utah, April 4, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Jesse Applegate, St. George News

Around 7:40 p.m., St. George Police officers and other responders were sent to the intersection following the report of a two-vehicle collision on Sunset Boulevard involving a Saturn SUV and Geo Prism.

Both vehicles were driven by women with some passengers in each car, St. George Police Sgt. Johnny Heppler said.

The accident occurred when the driver of the Saturn SUV mistakenly thought she had the right of way on a left turn through the intersection, Heppler said.

The SUV had been southbound on Dixie Down Drive and stopped in the left turn lane at the light.

Green lights for traffic continuing through to Dixie Drive turned green, but the signal for traffic to turn left onto Sunset Boulevard had not.

Believing she was able to turn left, the driver took the SUV into a left turn and collided with the Geo Prism which had been northbound from Dixie Drive moving toward Dixie Downs Drive.

A failure to yield to to oncoming traffic on a left turn resulted in a collision at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Dixie Downs Drive, St. George, Utah, April 4, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A failure to yield to oncoming traffic on a left turn resulted in a collision at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Dixie Downs Drive, St. George, Utah, April 4, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The impact did not cause airbags to deploy and only minor injuries were experienced by some of those involved, Heppler said. One woman, a passenger in the Geo, received a minor laceration to her forehead when she hit the windshield, he said.

No one required transport to the hospital by ambulance.

Both cars temporarily blocked a part of the intersection and were able to be moved into the Maverik gas station parking lot while officers and others tended to the scene.

The driver of the Saturn SUV was cited for failure to yield the right of way and also failing to have proof of registration and insurance for the vehicle, Heppler said. That resulted in the SUV being impounded while the Geo Prism was towed from 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.

Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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5 Comments

  • RealMcCoy April 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    No insurance?
    Should ave arrested that law-breaking criminal. People that think the laws don’t apply to them are supposed to be thrown to the wolves, right?

    • .... April 5, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      Maybe you should learn how to spell the word have. LOL !

      • RealMcCoy April 6, 2016 at 3:01 pm

        Don’t point out the keyboard skip for not knowing the word, dot boy. How many times Have you misspelled ‘your’? (‘your an idiot/ your dumb/ your stupid… etc.)
        That’s right- we already know YOU’RE an uneducated Common-Core graduate at the age of 35.

  • Billy Madison April 6, 2016 at 5:59 am

    I agree with RealMcCoy, all vehicles are required to ave insurance and those drivers who fail to ave insurance shouldn’t drive or at least be strongly punished for not aving insurance.

    • RealMcCoy April 6, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Utah even went so far as to pass a law stating an uninsured vehicle can be impounded on the spot. There ave been a few people I know about that ave had this happen.

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