Vehicle vs. horse hit-and-run on Little Valley Road heightens neighborhood road concerns

Homes going up in Little Valley, St. George, Utah, Feb. 13, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – In the midst of issues being brought to light regarding the traffic and safety of Little Valley Road in St. George, a horse was swiped by a car on Monday at 4:45 p.m. The horse rider, Paul Iverson, reported that he had to leap off the horse to avoid being injured.

Little Valley Road is currently under construction, but was opened for the Parade of Homes to accommodate the increase in traffic. On Monday, Iverson was taking his children for a ride on their horses and was waiting for his turn to enter his yard by his home, he told St. George News.

As part of the road construction, a trench has been dug which hindered the horseback riders from freely going up and down the road, Iverson said. The vehicle was traveling north, while Iverson was riding south. After seeing the car and to avoid an even more catastrophic collision, Iverson said he jumped off the horse and the car struck the horse’s saddle and its parts.

The car went by and the guy never touched his brakes, never stopped, never did anything,” Iverson said. “He just kept going.”

The vehicle was a silver small SUV, Iverson said.

The horse is OK, but Iverson did file a police report. Sgt. Sam Despain of the St. George Police Department confirmed the incident occurred and a report has been filed by Iverson.  After the incident, Iverson contacted Mayor Jon Pike and members of the City Council. The mayor responded quickly, Iverson said, and he was very pleased with the response from the city to close the road.

On Tuesday morning, Little Valley Road was closed again.

“It’s just too narrow. It’s a dangerous, dangerous road,” Iverson said.

“Some of the residents in the older Agriculture Zoned developments have been asking the city to do some things with Little Valley Rd to keep it safe for the AG use (livestock etc),” resident Paul Gooch wrote in a message to St. George News, “including possibly turning it into more of a quiet dead end instead of the main artery to which they are getting ready to upgrade.”

On Thursday the St. George City Council will consider an award of a bid to Interstate Rock Projects, Inc. for Little Valley Road improvements, while also hearing other concerns regarding the road.

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Homes going up in Little Valley, St. George, Utah, Feb. 13, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Homes going up in Little Valley, St. George, Utah, Feb. 13, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

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  • Misfit1386 February 20, 2014 at 2:10 am

    IVERSON say himself that the road is “a dangerous dangerous road” WT…* ARE YOU DOING RIDING YOUR HORSE WITH YOUR KIDS ON A DANGEROUS ROAD? I am familiar with the Little Valley area and the folks that were there before the airport was ever thought about need to understand the cause and effect of a rapid growing are such as Little Valley. People have always hauled …* on the little road and they don’t care. Or they wouldn’t be speeding in the first place. Yeah it really sucks that people are so ignorant but when you can say yourself how dangerous it is and then put yourself in that dangerous place…on a horse…with kids.. youre kinda asking for it. I don’t even want to start ranting about the ignorant driver who probably doesn’t even know what they did because they cant pay attention to the road as they drive down it, probably speeding, on the phone, eating a pizza, radio blasting while flipping stations or songs, with their head under their dash looking for the lost lighter under the passenger seat. Sorry STG drivers but you have a reputation of being horrible drivers. Little Valley area needs to be policed better. Not just on the main where most of the traffic is, but out passed the schools. If cops would just park and note all traffic violations and license plate numbers and mail tickets they would have a greater effect on the driving in Washington County. Im fed up having to avoid wrecks in this place just to go to work or worse Walmart.
    Ed. ellipses – …*

  • doofy February 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    It was probably an LDS soccer mom texting, and bottle feeding one of her babies while driving… gotta watch out for those 😀

    • #21 February 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Must have quite an ax to grind to spew so much negative and bigoted diatribe about something you only assume to be the case.

    • Biden 2016 February 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Yes Doofy. Have to watch out for those LDS people. Real trouble makers. Glad you are so on top of things and always reminding us.

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