News short: 14-year-old girl rolls truck after getting distracted by phone

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ST. GEORGE – A 14-year-old girl crashed a pickup truck she was driving early Thursday morning after looking down at her phone and getting distracted.

The truck ended up on its side, and the girl was cited for multiple violations.

The incident occurred at 975 East 100 South in St. George and was reported by a Dixie State University police officer at 2:28 a.m.  The 14-year-old was driving a 2007 Nissan Frontier pickup truck, St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said.

“She said she looked down at her phone, got distracted, which caused her to veer to the right,” Trombley said. “She lost control and hit the curb and the vehicle slipped onto its side.”

The girl was cited for a curfew violation, using a handheld communication device while driving and never having obtained a driver license. The truck was damaged and had to be towed. The girl was released to the custody of her mother.

The incident is still under investigation, Trombley said.

St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department and Dixie State University police responded to the crash.

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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10 Comments

  • RealMcCoy September 8, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    There ought to be a law about 14 year old kids out at 2 am, about kids under 16 driving, and about kids driving with cell phones.
    With laws making these things illegal, these things would stop happening and no one would get hurt.
    They would be just as effective as gun-free zones, and make the world a safer place.
    Who lets their 14 year old daughter run around at 2 am, anyways?
    #ParentFail

    • .... September 9, 2016 at 11:06 am

      If they pass those laws then Bob will have to stay home !

  • ladybugavenger September 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Ok! So she thought it was ok to drive hahaha

    • .... September 9, 2016 at 5:51 am

      Well at least she didn’t use a private server for her email ! LOL

  • Henry September 8, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    2:28 a.m., a 14 year old, driving a large pickup, operating a handheld phone – what could go wrong?

  • knobe September 8, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I know times have changed but isn’t 15 the Minimum for a learners ?
    And aren’t you required to have an adult in the car until you pass the drivers test ?

  • Real Life September 8, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    So let me get this straight, wrecked while texting and driving at 14? Was the truck stolen? Who gave her the keys?

  • Mean Momma September 8, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Fourteen huh? Parental supervision fail? Who knows, some kids are just trouble. I hope her mom gave her appropriate consequences and she’ll know not to pull that $*!+ ever again. Next time she may kill someone, so mom and/or dad…. Let’s correct this major thinking error and help her be a responsible citizen!

  • CaliGirl September 8, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Oh my… this young girl has no idea the ramifications of her poor choices. I hope the court and her parents hold her 100% accountable.

  • .... September 9, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    But in all seriousness I’m just glad she wasn’t seriously hurt or killed. this could of turned real bad real fast. this young lady has some serious thinking to do. .. glad she’s home with her family. Praise the Lord !

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