One of two pedestrians in morning accident dies

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Image by St. George News | design staff

ST. GEORGE – St. George Police Department has confirmed that one of the pedestrians involved in an accident Monday morning on Dixie Drive has died.

Shortly after 9 a.m., one vehicle rear-ended another on Dixie Drive. The impacted car then veered off the road and onto the sidewalk, hitting a husband-and-wife couple passing by.  One of the pedestrians was transported by Life Flight to Intermountain Southwest Region’s Dixie Regional Medical Center in critical condition, while the other was taken by ambulance in serious condition.

The drivers of the vehicles involved received minor injuries and did not require medical transport.

St. George Police Officer Derek Lewis confirmed one of the pedestrians passed away as of 2:30 p.m. Monday.

He said additional information concerning the accident and the victims may be made available Tuesday. For now the investigation into the incident continues.


Two pedestrians collaterally injured in two-car collision

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  • sweet jude March 5, 2013 at 8:14 am

    There needs to be a law that criminalizes those who drive at excessive speeds such as this. Too many think they can get away with putting others lives in danger.

  • DoubleTap March 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

    The other St. George news source has reported that a “teen driver” was “looking down” “possibly using a cell phone”, as stated by a “witness”. If this turns out to be accurate, it is only evidenc of what I have been observing quite alot recently while driving the streets of this community. In the few hours since this accident, I have seen many teen drivers texting while driving. Isn’t this activity against the law? And people wonder why the state legislator is considering a law prohibiting teen drivers from using cell phones while behind the wheel of a vehicle. THIS NEEDS TO STOP!!! There will be more of these types of tragedies in the future. How many more innocent people need to die before something is done?

    • Big Don March 7, 2013 at 10:45 am

      I agree, up to a point. But why just target “teen drivers?” Isn’t it just as dangerous for a 30 year old to be texting and driving, as it is for a teen to be doing it? How about a 50 year old?
      Seems to me like this is just another do nothing law, written by a legislator who wants to get his name in the news, and try to fool his constituents into thinking he is actually doing something.

  • Derek March 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Jude. It’s called a speeding ticket. If they hit someone they can get other charges pressed. But those laws already exist.

    • sweet jude March 5, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Derek, if the law were harsher, it would help discourage all the erratic drivers from storming around town like a bat out of hell.

      We don’t need just a citation for people like them, that’s like saying “now just watch your driving and please be careful. ”

      Maybe a few extra days in jail will get speedsters to think twice. When an accident skills someone, the law needs to punish these reckless individuals to the full extent, again, without just a slap of the hand. Did I paint a clear enough picture for you?

      • Alvin March 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm

        The picture you painted must be with water colors because it’s not clear enough for me. You CANNOT legislate morality or behavior. We already have strict laws for various crimes followed by heavy jail time and fines. Just look at the bookings site or the court calenders, it doesn’t seem to deter too many people. As for this situation, there are serious laws for speeding and causing a fatality. Add to that the possibility of using a phone at the time of the collision. There are serious penalties that can be enforced in this case. However, there is nothing in place that would “prevent” this from happening. I guess if you could invent something like the “Minority Report” movie then we could prevent things before they actually happen. People have choices to make when they drive, consequences follow bad choices.

        • sweet jude March 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm

          Be quiet alvin, you don’t know what you’re talking about … if you did, you would be able to tell the difference between two colors on opposite sides of a color wheel. But since you can’t it proves to both of us you must been colorblind.

          • Alvin March 6, 2013 at 7:33 am

            Sorry schweety, you simply cannot force people to behave in a certain manner. It just doesn’t work that way. Your first comment makes it sound easy to just assume people will comply just because the “harsh” law says so. Doesn’t work that way, and never has. As for the 2nd comment, well, I actually see and understand both sides of the argument very well.

      • Dsull March 6, 2013 at 7:39 pm

        The Fines here are 10 times what they are in other area’s, and yet they still speed. And since there is a seat belt law, everyone wears their seat belt as well. Oh, and no one does drugs, or kills or steals…. Good thing we have those laws around.
        I’m not calling for repeal of laws, just that new laws will do no good, ENFORCEMENT of the current laws would do better, but just like Washington, our little community chooses to only enforce them at the end of the month.

  • ladybugavenger March 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

    This story hit me in the heart…tragic

  • Dan Lester March 6, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Whether speed or distracted driving is involved (and both seem likely….I drive Dixie almost every day and see all sorts of goofy driving), the driver who rear-ends someone else always is cited. There is never ANY question of fault, by law, if you hit somebody in the rear. No matter that the guy in front slams on his brakes for no reason, or anything else. It is the rear-ender’s fault. Period. End of story.

    Another example of why one has to pay attention at all times and keep an adequate distance between vehicles. Following too closely is another eternal problem.

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