Collision near Hildale involving 4 vehicles leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

HILDALE One person is dead following a collision involving four vehicles near Hildale Tuesday evening.

A 21-year-old woman was killed and a 16-year-old boy was critically injured in a four-vehicle crash on state Route 59 near milepost 3. Two others, a mother and her young child, experienced minor injuries, Hildale, Utah, April 12, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A 21-year-old woman was killed and a 16-year-old boy was critically injured in a four-vehicle crash on state Route 59 near milepost 3. Two others, a mother and her young child, experienced minor injuries, Hildale, Utah, April 12, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Emergency crews responded to reports of a crash around 9:11 p.m. on state Route 59, near milepost 3, on a stretch of highway between Hildale and Apple Valley.

Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jesse Williams said the collision that left a 21-year-old woman dead also seriously injured a 16-year-old male and resulted in a mother and child being taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

“The person deceased has family in the area,” Williams said. Notification to family members was underway late Tuesday.

Witnesses at the scene told authorities that an Audi, driven by the 16-year-old male, was eastbound at a high rate of speed on the highway that links Hildale, Utah, with Colorado City, Arizona.

As the Audi’s 16-year-old driver attempted to overtake a pickup truck traveling in the same eastbound lane, it clipped the pickup and skidded sideways, slamming into a black Infiniti driven by the 21-year-old woman and a minivan, both traveling westbound in the opposite lane.

Several law enforcement and emergency response agencies attended to the scene where a vehicle crash that killed a 21-year-old woman critically injured a 16-year-old boy. Two others, a mother and her young child, experienced minor injuries. State Route 59 near milepost 3. Hildale, Utah, April 12, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Several law enforcement and emergency response agencies attended to the scene where a vehicle crash that killed a 21-year-old woman critically injured a 16-year-old boy. Two others, a mother and her young child, experienced minor injuries. State Route 59 near milepost 3. Hildale, Utah, April 12, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Three of the four vehicles involved were totaled in the crash and towed from the scene. The pickup truck driver, a male from Hildale, was able to drive his vehicle away.

The impact caused the Infiniti to roll onto its side just off the roadway, where it caught fire. Arriving first responders put the fire out.

Both the mother and child in the minivan were transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries, Williams said. Their hometown was unclear as this report is published.

The 16-year-old male, also from Hildale, was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Traffic was closed in both directions on state Route 59 for more than two hours while crews worked to clear the area. The scene was cleared and traffic was moving again by 12:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Multiple agencies responded to the crash and included units from the Utah Highway Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado City-Hildale Marshal’s Office, Hurricane Valley Fire District, Colorado City Fire Department and the Utah Department of Transportation.

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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7 Comments

  • ladybugavenger April 13, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Very sad. Condolences to the families. It’s a bad week for car accidents causing death. I’m not sure accident is the right word because these deaths this week are caused by negligence. My heart goes out to the families. And I recommend a gofundme page and/or a #fundraiser

  • RealMcCoy April 13, 2016 at 10:08 am

    This is terrible. We need to ban 16 year olds from driving. This tragedy could have been avoided with some simple, common sense driving restrictions on teens.
    That kid had better get his citation for reckless driving.

    • ladybugavenger April 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Vehicular homicide would be a better charge. A plea would be up to the family if they deem it fair and justified.

      • RealMcCoy April 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm

        If ‘cooked baby’ doesn’t warrant a homicide charge, you know this sure won’t. They sure do love to give traffic tickets though…

    • .... April 14, 2016 at 12:19 am

      Oh really ? You a keyboard tough guy now ? so now you going to sit behind your keyboard and tell law enforcement how to do their jobs ? and if the 16 yr old doesn’t get a citation what are you going to do about it tough guy ? LOL. ! ..I’m sure you HAVE everybody scared now ! Ha ha ha

      • RealMcCoy April 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm

        Comments from the keyboard felons? dotboy, are you really so easily entertained?

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