Jogger taken to hospital after being hit by truck

Jogging shoes are placed on the road and curb as part of a reconstruction of the incident on Red Hills Parkway, St. George, Utah, July 25, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A woman was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center Friday morning after getting hit by a truck near the 2100 East area of Red Hills Parkway.

See update to this report: Middle school teacher dies after being hit by truck

The St. George Communications Center received a report of an auto-pedestrian accident about 7:30 a.m. St. George Police, St. George Fire and Gold Cross ambulance responded to the scene.

St. George Police on the scene of the auto-pedestrian accident that occurred along Red Hills Parkway, St. George, Utah, July 25, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
St. George Police on the scene of the auto-pedestrian accident that occurred along Red Hills Parkway, St. George, Utah, July 25, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Two people were jogging along the shoulder of Red Hills Parkway when one of the joggers, a woman, was struck by the side of a truck, St. George Police Capt. Michael Giles said. The woman was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

“Last we heard the runner was going into surgery,” Giles said.

Southbound traffic along Red Hills Parkway was rerouted to Middleton Drive and northbound traffic was rerouted to 1800 East in order for investigation units to evaluate the scene. The area where the incident occurred is a narrow part of Red Hills Parkway.

St. George Police on the scene of the auto-pedestrian accident that occurred along Red Hills Parkway, St. George, Utah, July 25, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
St. George Police on the scene of the auto-pedestrian accident that occurred along Red Hills Parkway, St. George, Utah, July 25, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

“We are trying to determine the position of the truck in relationship to the runner,” Giles said. “They are doing what they can to reconstruct the scene.”

The roadway was reopened at about 10:30 a.m.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

St. George News Assistant Editor Mori Kessler contributed to this article.

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  • deborah July 25, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Stinks ppl have to suffer….. whatever the fault is, jogger trying to be healthy now having surgery possibly long term effects, driver feel guilt rather they r guilty or not.. life is hard enough without having to go thru such aweful things.. prayers to everyone involved..

  • D Hodja July 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I’m really hoping SGPD will begin spending more time on traffic enforcement. It’s shameful our community drives like it does…zero consideration.

    • Taylor July 25, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Zero consideration? Did you see the picture of where the jogger was running? The “shoulder” looks to be about 2 feet wide and its a narrow 2 lane road. I’m not blaming anyone but roads with 40 mph speed limits and no shoulder aren’t a place to jog. Just asking you to consider all of the facts before placing the blame on the driver.

      • RICK July 28, 2014 at 1:54 pm

        I’m a runner and I couldn’t agree more! I always consider my personal safety first & foremost. Jog on our beautiful paved paths or the sidewalk if you need too. It’s still no guarantee of safety, but increases the odds in the joggers favor.

  • Boo July 25, 2014 at 11:53 am

    That area needs to be widened, there isn’t enough room for pedestrians and automobiles right there

    • LOOK OUT 4 PEDS July 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Boo…. that is a bad area. I also noticed there is no sidewalks on either side of the parkway and when they routed us on the detour, also no sidewalks on middleton either side. Should sidewalks be first priority??? Where are people supposed to walk here ??????

  • Mary July 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Given the current level of traffic ( what with the population being over 100,000 now ) I would NEVER engage in jogging or bicycling on roadways here .
    There are a number of OFF road trails & trails separated from traffic by a good distance .
    It would be wise to use those and stay AWAY from routes with cars & trucks .
    Wishing the jogger a speedy recovery .

    • WALK TO WORK July 25, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Mary.. That is all well and good if you are recreating. But those of us who have no auto and have to walk to work or ride a bicycle…what do you suggest then?
      People in this city do not even yield to pedestrians
      (I MEAN YOU GREEN FRONTIER) who tried to murder me by not stopping when I had the green light to cross last night @ 8:50 p.m.
      It was probably this same guy he turned east on red hills parkway almost killing me last night. NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE OPEN YOUR EYES NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE

  • fekim July 25, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I tried a few times to ride my bike to work on that section of road. I quit after the second time. To much traffic going to fast in that narrow area. Suggest detouring down Middleton when jogging or biking and stay on sidewalk when on Redhills. Never roller skate in a buffalo herd.

  • annie July 25, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    There are people driving that will intentionally get as close as they can to you. Happens to me all the time.

  • tinker toys July 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    That is why the city has invested in miles and miles of trails. Roads are for cars not people.

    • that guy July 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Tink do troll on the web or just here? Your insensitive remarks are not cute. I am just wondering. What are you a bored 12 year old, with nothing better to do, then try and upset as many folks as you can. With your limited vocabulary using just one sentence?

    • noyb1 July 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      I AGREE!!! It’s called use the trail or the treadmill people… Duh.

    • Dugley July 26, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Yeah, except huge law says pedestrians have the right of way and cars are “supposed” to yield. So cars may “think” they own the road but the laws say otherwise.
      That said, it doesn’t provide any more protection if you get hit. I’d just like to see more charges against drivers when these incidents happen.

  • Mark July 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I hope she makes a full recovery, I don’t know what happened, but I always see joggers in street 3-4 at a time when there is a sidewalk, I can’t run so I don’t know if there is a reason they would rather be in street.

    • Jess July 26, 2014 at 12:37 am

      Mark, she pasted away in surgery is what I’ve been told. RIP Mrs. Lusk

  • bob July 25, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    The cops here would rather play commando with swat training than actually do needed traffic policing… obviously. So idiots can get away with lots of reckless driving for a long time without ever having to worry about being pulled over.

  • Susan July 25, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    She is the wife of a friend and has died. Prayers to her husband, six kids and extended family she leaves behind. RIP.

  • faith July 25, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    She has passed. Sorry to her family for there loss. She was a great teacher and will be missed

  • Cookie July 25, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I believe the jogger has passed away. Please be considerate with your comments. The family is mourning and they do not need anyone passing judgement and preaching sermons on would have/should have/could have. PLEASE be respectful

  • lori July 25, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    She passed away tonight. Prayers to her family. She was amazing and dearly loved bu her family and her middle school students.

  • diane July 26, 2014 at 4:04 am

    So she deserved to die because of where she decided to run? I hope the person is charged with manslaughter, most people know to move away from vehicles and people on the side of the road. Im betting they weren’t paying attention….maybe texting or on the phone.

    • Taylor July 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Diane please be a little more sensitive. I know the driver and I can assure you my 80 year old friend wasn’t texting on the way to his farm. Let’s not assume and wish terrible things on people that were involved in a tragedy. Prayers for her family and for the driver who I know is taking this very hard.

  • John July 26, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Streets are not safe for pedestrians anytime. 2 ton cars passing you just a few feet away. Where did anyone get the idea they are safe to run on. Their is a reason you tell your children not to play in the street, running is the same. If you have to be in the street , be vigilant , face traffic , you never know what Comeing at you. It’s foolish to blame the police.

  • cricket July 26, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Society is always trying to blame someone these days. This was an accident. The runners got over, went single file. Driver had the sun in his eyes as has happened to anyone who’s driven a lot. Everyone tried to do their best. That’s why it’s called an “accident”. It is a tragedy for all involved.

    • Bob July 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      i wonder if ur tone would be different if it was one of your own…

  • Bob July 26, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Or maybe someone was twittling with an iphone and swerved way off into the shoulder without even looking up

  • Brutus July 27, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    It’s disheartening to hear all the assumed fault. The driver was not on a phone, but was attentively driving . The runners were doing what runners are supposed to do when running in the road. Unfortunately, natural elements obscured the runners from the drivers view. Please be considerate of both parties as they are both heartbroken and grieving. You would wish the same if you were involved.

  • groanattack July 28, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Must be the HEAT!

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