3 vehicles, 2 dogs, 1 distracted driver equals collision, rollover

ST. GEORGE — A driver who officials said ran a stop sign Thursday while tending to two dogs in his vehicle set into motion a three-vehicle collision and rollover that brought numerous officers, responders and tow trucks to the area.

Gold Chevrolet Equinox was pulled by a tow truck to an upright position before it was towed after colliding with the red Jeep Wrangler after three-car collision on S. Main Street that ended in a rollover, St. George, Utah, Dec. 1, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
A gold Chevrolet Equinox is pulled by a tow truck to an upright position after colliding with a red Jeep Wrangler on South Main Street Thursday, St. George, Utah, Dec. 1, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Just before 2 p.m. officers were dispatched to a reported rollover with possible injuries on South Main Street near the corner of West 300 South Street.

As first responders arrived they found three heavily damaged vehicles – a gold Honda Accord, a red Jeep Wrangler and a gold Chevrolet Equinox – spread out over a large crash area along the southbound lane of South Main Street.

After speaking with the drivers and witnesses of the crash, officers learned that a man driving the Honda was heading east on West 300 South Street when he became distracted by two dogs in his car.

He failed to stop at the stop sign at South Main Street and struck a southbound Equinox as it passed directly in front of him, St. George Police Lt. Rich Triplett said.

The impact sent the Equinox rolling and sliding over into oncoming traffic where it was struck head-on by the northbound Jeep, the officer said.

“Speed was also a factor in the crash, as the man in the Honda was driving over the posted speed limit,” Triplett said.

Brynlee Guest said her roommate was driving the Honda that hit the Equinox, sending that vehicle into an end-over-end rollover that concluded when the Equinox started to fall back towards the ground and slammed into the hood of the Jeep. After falling on the Jeep, the Equinox came to rest upside down in the middle of the southbound lane.

“The investigation into the incident is still ongoing,”  Triplett said, “and the reports are still being processed.”

The Gold Equinox and Honda Accord sustained extensive damage after three-car collision on S. Main Street that ended in a rollover, St. George, Utah, Dec. 1, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News
A gold Equinox and Honda Accord sustain extensive damage after being involved in a three-vehicle collision on South Main Street Thursday, St. George, Utah, Dec. 1, 2016 | Photo by Cody Blowers, St. George News

Guest said that her dogs, Prada and Tank, were actually the ones responsible for the crash.

“These are the culprits who started this whole thing,” she said.

It all began when the man heading east on West 300 South Street became startled when one of the two small dogs in the front seat jumped up and put its paws onto an open window.

Guest’s roommate reached over to pull the dog back to safety just as his vehicle approached the stop sign. Instead, he drove right through the stop sign, which started the chain of events, Triplett said.

All three drivers involved in the crash were uninjured; however, their vehicles were towed from the scene.

Traffic was impacted for nearly an hour while responders tended to the large crash area and cleared the wreckage and debris from the roadway.

The St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department, Gold Cross Ambulance and three tow trucks responded and tended to the scene.

This report is based on preliminary information provided law enforcement and other responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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8 Comments

  • mmsandie December 2, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Why were the dogs not restrained. They gve straps to tie dogs down, Also I see too many drivers driving with dogs in front of them in front of the steering column.. People are not too smart..

    • Henry December 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Good point! Also, how fast was the Accord going in this residential area when it blew through the stop sign, in order to knock the Equinox onto its side? Good grief.

  • ladybugavenger December 2, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I don’t get it either. I mean, when I won Mr Pickle at the fair, I totally buckled him up in the back seat. Safety first 😉

    Who hasnt buckled their milk in a seatbelt? Shame on You! LOL!

  • DB December 2, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    LOL This is the third grade school excuse to “my dog ate my homework”, hilarious.

  • r2d2 December 2, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Bad dog,,,Bad dog, watch ya gonna do, watch ya gonna do when they come for you?

  • DesertBill December 2, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    “These are the culprits who started this whole thing,” she said.
    No, they’re dogs. The culprits are the negligent adults, who don’t take necessary precautions as almost two tons of metal hurtles down the street.

    “Speed was also a factor in the crash, as the man in the Honda was driving over the posted speed limit,” Triplett said.
    Did the dogs also make him drive too fast?

  • .... December 3, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Just as long as the dogs are ok. that’s my concern. It’s not the dogs fault their owner is an idiot

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