Police don’t buy ‘sun-in-eyes’ excuse as Hummer collides with sedan

ST. GEORGE — The driver of a Hummer who claimed to be blinded by the sun after reportedly driving through a stop sign and colliding with a passenger car did not convince police Monday.

A Chrysler 300 is towed away after a crash on Red Hills Parkway, St. George, Utah, March 27, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

A St. George Police officer dispatched to the 5:48 p.m. crash at the intersection of 900 East and Red Hills Parkway cited the 49-year-old driver of a black 2003 Hummer H2 for failure to yield at a stop sign.

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“The driver (of the Hummer) claimed the sun was in his eyes, but the officer observed that the sun was high enough in the sky at this time that it should not have been in the driver’s eyes,” St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said.

The man driving the Hummer turned left from 900 East onto Red Hills Parkway and hit a westbound gold Chrysler 300 driven by a 63-year-old man with a 53-year-old female passenger, Trombley said.

No injuries were reported at the time of the incident.

A Hummer H2 is towed away after a crash on Red Hills Parkway, St. George, Utah, March 27, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

Traffic remained mostly unhindered but slightly slowed while the outside lane of eastbound Red Hills Parkway was blocked off around the scene of the crash.

The Chrysler sustained heavy damage to its driver’s side and a shattered windshield. The Hummer’s front end appeared to have sustained some damage in the collision.

Both vehicles were inoperable and towed away.

Gold Cross Ambulance and St. George Fire also responded to perform medical checks and clean up the area.

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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2 Comments

  • comments March 27, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Why would that sort of excuse be factored in even if it was legitimate? I’ve been sun blinded several times after making a turn or cresting a hill, and it’s awful to really have your forward view “blinded” like that, but absolutely if you hit someone– that is not an excuse. I buy into the whole “medical episode” excuse before this one, and that one is a stretch in its own right.

  • mmsandie March 28, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I agree with person writing above, medical problems are overused to escape penality, if you take medicine that says Don,t drive , stay home, sun in the eyes in a hummer.. Ha. The police are smart enough to test that one issue..I must say the worse place in town for sun blindness is coming around the south end of riverside dr in afternoon, before intersection of river rd.. I had to stop , put flashers on and pray on that one

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