ST. GEORGE –The driver of a Ford Explorer which rolled on Valley View Drive in St. George Monday has died. The 15-year-old girl succumbed to the injuries sustained during the rollover and was pronounced dead at approximately 3 p.m. Friday.
The rollover occurred just before 10:07 p.m. on Monday when five juveniles – four boys and one girl, ranging from 15-18 years of age – were traveling southbound on Valley View Drive. The driver was driving at excessive speeds and lost control of the Explorer just before 670 North, St. George Police Capt. Mike Giles said. The vehicle slid sideways, started to roll and hit a chain link fence coming to rest perpendicular across the sidewalk by a power box.
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.
All of the vehicle’s occupants were initially transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Giles said, and the female driver, who suffered serious injuries including severe head injuries was then flown by Life Flight to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.
The four juvenile boys were being treated at Dixie Regional for various injuries, including broken bones, but none that were expected to be life-threatening, Giles said.
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 had yet to be determined.
At least two of the juveniles have been cited for consumption of alcohol by a minor. Further charges are pending as the accident remains under investigation.
In a Mother’s words
“I do need to recognize those people who truly do care and are concerned,” Holly Loveless, the mother of one of the teenage boys involved in the crash wrote in an email. “My son is doing fine physically. Emotionally this has been a struggle.”
Loveless went on to say:
One of the boys is still in the hospital after two surgeries. The other two boys have been released. They all broke their necks (besides my son). They can walk, thank goodness! I just really hope we can all pull together and help uplift these children. They definitely made mistakes but I’m hoping they can move forward from this and not fall apart. I do want the public to know how grateful we are for the care and concern that they have had. It is natural for us all to want answers when something like this happens and to question why. I can’t divulge any names or details but I’m surely grateful for the prayers and well wishes. I’m grateful my son is still here. He could very easily been killed or seriously injured.
Fundraiser and support
These tragedies can serve as a reminder and lesson to help prevent other such tragedies in the future. They can also provide a time for communities to rally together – to support and help carry one another through times of such great sorrow.
A fundraiser dance is being organized by D.J. Spinz and is scheduled to take place at the Dance Factory in Washington on July 12 at 9 p.m. to help the five families with medical expenses incurred as a result of the crash. Tickets will be $10 at the door.
Five of our young loved ones have been really devastated and hurt in a crash that happened recently on Valley View, D.J. Spinz wrote on the fundraiser Facebook page. He wen’t on to say that he is putting on the dance as a fundraiser to help the teen’s parents with any kind of medical bills that they have.
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