Teen driver crashes into landscaping embankment

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a crash on 100 North in Hurricane, Utah, February 5, 2018 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

HURRICANE — A driver suffering from a medical episode was sent to the hospital after crashing off the road Monday morning.

Hurricane Police responded to the incident involving a red SUV on 100 North just east of where the road intersects with 1000 West at approximately 11 a.m.

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a crash on 100 North in Hurricane, Utah, Feb. 5, 2018 | Photo by Ron Chaffin, St. George News

The driver, a 16-year-old boy, was eastbound on 100 North when the SUV left the roadway and crashed into a landscaping embankment, landing on top of large boulders and bushes.

“The driver had some sort of medical problem,” Hurricane Police officer Ken Thompson said.

Emergency crews from Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue arrived at the scene to provide medical evaluation.

“We don’t know the specifics of the medical problem,” Thompson said, “but he was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center.”

No citation was issued to the driver, Thompson said.


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

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8 Comments

  • Real Life February 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    A “medical episode” should not get you out of being charged. Sorry, but it happens way to often here.

    • Anon February 6, 2018 at 8:23 am

      A citation for what exactly? Damage to the boulder and bush that he landed on top of? It doesn’t seem as though he caused any damage to any other vehicle. Are you advocating for the bush?

      • Real Life February 6, 2018 at 4:16 pm

        No. Read my post again. It happens way too often (especially all of the senior drivers who have no business behind the wheel), and there are no repercussions.

        • Anon February 7, 2018 at 8:18 am

          Oh, I read your post. And your follow up comment. I hope you never have a medical episode that leads to an accident.

  • 12345 February 5, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    You must be some kind of a legal expert

  • mmsandie February 6, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Medical issues, why are you driving? Look at the bottle of pills and see if it’s ok to drive..

  • utahdiablo February 6, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Was trying out the “rock crawler 4 x 4 function”…

  • DRT February 6, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    OK, I don’t know if it is true, but according to the first calls that were put out to responders, he had suffered from a seizure. If, in fact this is true, you can’t help but feel sorry for him. But it doesn’t change the fact that he should not be driving if he suffers from seizures.

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