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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