Driver misses brake, hits the gas causing two-car collision

Aftermath of a two-car collision at Main Street and 100 South, St. George, Utah, Oct. 21, 2014 | Photos by Corbin Wade, KCSG/St. George News
Aftermath of a two-car collision at Main Street and 100 South, St. George, Utah, Oct. 21, 2014 | Photos courtesy of Corbin Wade, St. George News
Aftermath of a two-car collision at Main Street and 100 South, St. George, Utah, Oct. 21, 2014 | Photos courtesy of Corbin Wade, KCSG/St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Two cars were effectively totaled in a collision at 100 South and Main Street Tuesday and both drivers received citations, one for failure to yield to a traffic light and the other for driving without a driver’s license.

At about 3:30 p.m. a blue Volkswagen Jetta driven by a 20-year-old woman was facing north on Main Street, waiting in the left-turn lane to travel onto 100 South, when an oncoming white Toyota Avalon, driven by a 74-year-old woman, traveling south on Main Street failed to yield causing the blue Vokswagen to run into her, St. George Police Sgt. Spencer Holmes said.

“The traffic lights both north and south were yellow and were about to turn red,” Holmes said. “The driver of the white car tried to brake but then hit the gas pedal, got confused or her motor skills weren’t all there and caused her to hit the gas pedal instead.”

The driver of the blue Volkswagen thought the white Toyota would stop, he said, but both cars ended up on opposite sides of Main Street and the white Toyota hit a tree before it stopped.

Neither driver was transported for injuries but both complained of chest pain due to  airbag deployment, Holmes said.  The Volkswagen driver had an injury to her right wrist, which she would seek attention for on her own.

“The blue car, which was not at fault for the accident, was cited for not having a driver’s license,” he said. “The at-fault driver of the white car was cited for failing to obey a traffic signal.”

Both cars were disabled, totaled in damages, Holmes said, and towed from the scene.

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

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6 Comments

  • anon October 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    YELLOW LIGHT MEANS PREPARE TO STOP, NOT HAMMER THE THROTTLE AND TRY TO RACE THROUGH… DRIVERS AROUND HERE CAN’T SEEM TO GRASP THE CONCEPT…

  • anon October 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    OH, AND RIP BRAND NEW TOYOTA. GRANNY WILL HAVE YOU REPLACED IN NO TIME AT ALL. ACTIVE HAZARD RETURNED TO THE ROAD.

  • My Evil Twin October 22, 2014 at 6:31 am

    A couple of questions/ideas here. First, perhaps it is time for a re-evaluation of the elderly lady’s driver’s license from the driver’s license bureau. Second a 20 year old without a driver’s license? Wonder if she is totally undocumented. How can you not have a license at 20, unless it has been suspended or revoked?

  • indy-vfr October 22, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Another dangerous intersection (aren’t they all) I just missed being t-boned there by a North Bound car running the red light.

  • Koolaid October 22, 2014 at 8:34 am

    More chick magnets… as in magnets for accidents.

  • Mary October 22, 2014 at 9:13 am

    ” The driver of the blue Volkswagen thought the white Toyota would stop, ”
    Something I NEVER do is ‘assume’ an oncoming driver will stop .
    I Never turn unless oncoming traffic Has Stopped or there is several hundred feet / enough room to clear the turn if they don’t stop .

    Given the high number of ‘marginally’ competent drivers around ,
    I prefer to be safe and Not waste money on avoidable collisions .

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