Teenage driver runs stop sign, T-bones vehicle

A white Acura SUV involved in a two-car collision on River Road and Commerce Drive sits on top of a retaining wall, Aug. 11, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A teenager driving a white Acura SUV blew through a stop sign Thursday afternoon, hitting another vehicle and sending its driver to the hospital.

Emergency personnel were dispatched at 2 p.m. to River Road and Commerce Drive in St. George on a two-car collision where they found a black Mitsubishi Outlander SUV in the middle of the roadway facing the wrong direction, St. George Police Public Information Officer Lona Trombley said.

White Dodge SUV involved in two-car collision after driver runs stop sign on River Road and Commerce Drive, Aug. 11, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
A white Acura SUV involved in a two-car collision on River Road and Commerce Drive, sits on top of a retaining wall, Aug. 11, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

The 21-year-old driver of the Mitsubishi had been traveling north on River Road when a white Acura SUV, which was traveling west on Commerce Drive, plowed through a stop sign and T-boned the other car.

The force of the impact was sufficient to spin both vehicles completely around. The Acura wound up with the rear of the vehicle sitting on top of a 3-foot retaining wall with its front wheels on the ground.

“The driver crossed over going the speed of travel,” Trombley said, “which contributed to the force of the impact.”

The driver of the Mitsubishi was transported to the hospital, mainly as a precaution, Trombley said, while the 18-year-old driver of the Acura and her passenger reported no injuries.

The teenager told officers she didn’t see the stop sign. She was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign.

Both vehicles were rendered inoperable after the collision and were subsequently towed.

St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded and tended to 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.

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3 Comments

  • old school August 14, 2016 at 10:21 am

    In our new age, researching phone records should be a standard practice in any accident investigation

    • Curtis August 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      My first thought — the kid was on a cell phone or texting.

  • .... August 15, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Oh geez. …here we go the Titanic sank. my first thought. .the captain was on his cell phone

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