ST. GEORGE — Two separate incidents of vehicle versus bicycle occurred Wednesday afternoon within two hours of each other in St. George, and a third vehicle versus bicycle incident took place in Washington City Tuesday afternoon.
The first of the two Wednesday incidents occurred just before 2 p.m. at the intersection of Red Cliffs Drive and Mall Drive. A gold SUV traveling northbound on Mall Drive had stopped at the traffic light and was about to make a right turn onto Red Cliffs Drive when a man riding a bike, traveling westbound on the south side of the road, collided with the SUV, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.
Vickie Benge was stopped at the same light behind the SUV and saw the incident occur, she said.
“It hit him hard enough that he flew off the bike,” Benge said. “No one stopped. Everyone just kept driving by. Then he jumped up … I couldn’t believe it. He jumped up. I called 911 and then helped him sit down (in the grass).”
This was a very low-speed accident, Despain said.
Following this collision, St. George Police responded to 700 South in front of Harmons Grocery at about 4 p.m. for another bike versus vehicle accident.
A woman was riding a bicycle eastbound on 700 South. As she began traveling across the entrance to Harmons parking lot, a white Ford pickup truck was pulling out of the parking lot about to make a right turn and collided with the bike, Despain said.
The bike tipped over into the roadway, and the driver of the truck pulled over and asked the woman if she was OK. After the woman said she thought she was OK, the truck drove away, Despain said.
The woman refused medical attention but suffered scrapes, cuts and road rash from the fall.
Police officers are looking for the truck involved in this incident and anticipate issuing the driver of the truck a citation for leaving the scene of an accident.
A third bicycle versus vehicle accident occurred Tuesday on Red Cliffs Drive in Washington, near the Burger King that is located in the Albertsons grocery store parking lot, just past the intersection where Telegraph Street becomes Red Cliffs Drive.
Just before 4 p.m., Washington City Police responded to the incident after an adult male, who had been riding a bicycle westbound on Telegraph Street/Red Cliffs Drive, collided with a white passenger car that was attempting to turn into the Burger King parking lot. Both the driver and bicyclist initially stopped, Washington City Police Public Information Officer Ed Kantor said, but then both began moving forward again and the bike collided with the car.
There were no injuries as a result of this accident.
“No damage to the car or the bike, no citations issued,” Kantor said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Assistant Editor Cami Cox Jim contributed to this report.
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