UPDATED June 24 8:35 a.m. with additional particulars released by St. George Police Department.
ST. GEORGE – Five juveniles, four boys and one girl, traveling in a Ford Explorer southbound on Valley View Drive Monday just before 10:07 p.m. Monday suffered serious injuries when the driver lost control of the vehicle and it rolled.
All were initially transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, St. George Police Capt. Mike Giles said, and the female driver, who suffered serious and possibly life-threatening injuries including severe head injuries was then flown by Life Flight to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.
The other four juveniles were being treated at Dixie Regional for various injuries, broken bones, but none that were expected to be life threatening, Giles said.
The vehicle was driven by a 15-year-old female, the police statement released Tuesday said, with the four male passengers’ ages ranging from 15-18 years.
The driver was driving at excessive speed and lost control of the Ford Explorer just before 670 North, Giles said. The vehicle slid sideways, started to roll and hit a chainlink fence coming to rest perpendicular across the sidewalk by a power box.
Ally Lund was at home on what she described as just a peaceful night watching Netflix when the accident happened in front of her house.
“I was just sitting in my living room watching tv when I heard to most horrible, loud screeching scraping noise,” Lund said in an email to St. George News. “I looked out the window and saw the car sliding to a halt on it’s top in my neighbors yard across valley view. I ran out the front door to call 911, and all I could hear were hysterical screams coming from the vehicle. A Dozen or more witnesses were hurrying to the scene to try to pull the ppl from the vehicle, which is an older green ford explorer.
One of the boys was ejected and the girl was trapped in the vehicle requiring her to be extricated, St. George Police reported Tuesday. The other three boys were able to get out of the vehicle.
Investigators found indications that occupants in the vehicle had been drinking, Giles said, although who among them and whether or not the driver was one of those drinking remains to be determined.
St. George Police accident reconstruction team’s investigation and evaluations are ongoing and speed measurement calculations are being made.
Both speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors in the accident, according to the statement released by police Tuesday.
By Tuesday at 8:31 a.m., two of the juveniles have been cited for minor consuming alcohol. Further charges are pending as the accident remains under investigation.
No other vehicles appear to have been involved in the accident.
Police were yet in the process of contacting parents of the juveniles in the early morning hours Tuesday. Particularities, including where they are from, are not available as this report is published and updated Tuesday morning.
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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