Maybe it was asthma, man says, after running red light; 2 injured

White Subaru on tow truck after being involved in two-car collision on 400 East and 100 South Sunday, July 24, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Two older people were injured Sunday when their car was T-boned by a a young man running a red light who later said asthma may be why he didn’t see the light turn red.

White Subaru involved in two-car collision when driver runs red light on 400 East and 100 South Sunday, July 24, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
White Subaru involved in two-car collision when driver runs red light on 400 East and 100 South Sunday, July 24, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Just after 4:30 p.m. Sunday, officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to the intersection of 400 East and 100 South in St. George where a two-car collision was reported, St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said.

Upon arrival, officers found two damaged vehicles near the intersection. Upon checking with the occupants of both vehicles, an older couple in a Chevrolet four-door told emergency personnel they were injured, Trombley said.

Officers investigating the collision found that a 20-year-old man driving a white Subaru was traveling south on 400 East; as he approached the intersection, he told officers, he didn’t realize the light turned red and may have had asthma-related issues at the time.

The woman in the Chevrolet had a green light and started through the intersection just as the driver of the Subaru ran his red light striking her vehicle on the passenger side, sending both vehicles spinning in the roadway.

The 71-year-old woman driving the Chevrolet reported pain in her knee and hips, the officer said, while her 76-year-old passenger reported he was in pain as well.

Dark Blue Chevrolet 4-door involved in collision on 100 South and 400 East where two people were injured , St. George,Utah, July 24, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
Dark Blue Chevrolet four-door involved in collision on 100 South and 400 East where two people were injured , St. George, Utah, July 24, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Both were taken by a family member to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George to be evaluated and treated for any injures resulting from the crash.

Both the driver of the Subaru and his female passenger declined transport to the hospital.

The man driving the  Subaru was cited for failing to obey a traffic device, Trombley said.

All  occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision. Both vehicles were rendered inoperable from damages and towed from the scene.

St. George Police and Fire departments and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the collision.

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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6 Comments

  • old school July 25, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Anyone causing an accident due to a medical condition condition should have their driving privileges revoked until cleared by qualified physician

    • .... July 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      exact what is a medical condition condition ?

  • ladybugavenger July 25, 2016 at 10:33 am

    People with asthma shouldn’t drive? Maybe he just didn’t see the light turn red because he didn’t see the light turn red.

    If he’s blaming asthma then he shouldn’t ever drive again.

    • Bob July 25, 2016 at 11:04 am

      true, medical excuses don’t make a person any less liable for causing a wreck.

  • Bob July 25, 2016 at 11:02 am

    asthma? doubtful. the young folk need to keep their eyes on the road and off the iphones

  • RealMcCoy July 27, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    He broke the St. George cardinal rule of using the ‘medical incident’ excuse- NEVER SAY MAYBE!
    If you’re going to lie, at least stand by your convictions. Look at how well that method has worked for Hillary!

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