Witnesses help locate hit-and-run driver in Bluff Street collision

A white Ford Explorer sustains damage after a hit-and-run collision on Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, Dec. 5, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — With the help of witnesses, St. George Police officers were able to locate and cite a man for improper lane travel and leaving the scene of an accident after his involvement in a hit-and-run on North Bluff Street in St. George Friday afternoon.

At approximately 3:02 p.m., a man driving a silver passenger car was traveling southbound in the right-hand lane near 1250 N. Bluff St. when the lane abruptly ended due to the placement of road construction barrels directing traffic to merge into the left lane, St. George Police Sgt. Rich Triplett said.

The driver of the silver car attempted to make a U-turn and crossed in front of a white Ford Explorer, driven by a woman, that was also traveling southbound. Both vehicles resultantly collided, and the Explorer sustained extensive damage to its front grill. The driver of the silver car fled the scene, Triplett said.

When officers responded, witnesses were able to provide them with the suspect’s license plate number, and officers were able to locate the man at his home.

He said he didn’t know he had been hit, but you could see he had been with the damage present to the back of his car,” Triplett said.

No injuries were reported by either driver as a result of the collision. The owner of silver passenger car driver was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and for improper lane travel.

The St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance attended to the accident scene.

Triplett said hit-and-run accidents are quite common, but most happen in a parking lots where unattended parked cars are hit. He said having witnesses at the scene is a big help in hit-and-run cases.

“Witnesses get us a lot of the information, and that is paramount to those cases,” he said.

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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  • indy-vfr December 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Why leave the scene? Everyone makes mistakes – that is why you have insurance! Makes one wonder….no insurance? No DL? Too many cocktails? Or maybe just too stupid!

  • Dan Lester December 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    OK……..kind of……

    • My Evil Twin December 6, 2014 at 7:45 pm


      Variant of resultant


      that results; following as a consequence
      resulting from two or more forces or agents acting together

      Origin of resultant
      Classical Latin resultans, present participle


      something that results; result
      Physics a force, velocity, etc. with an effect equal to that of two or more such forces, etc. acting together

    • Dana December 7, 2014 at 6:01 am

      I love to read Holly’s articles not because I’m a big fan, but because I look at her writing patterns for words like “resultantly” or phrases such as “hit into.” Somewhere along the line the new generation of writers/bloggers were not taught the KISS method. However, Holly is a lot more interesting than Bryan Hyde and almost as much fun as Ed Kociela.

  • Al Capone December 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Thats a shame you can’t do a simple flee from the scene of an accident without people rattling you out to the dance buster squad. What is this world coming to

    • animal control December 6, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      It is very well known, that St. George has more rats than the whole entire city of New York!

  • Koolaid December 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Darn Dixie Drivers.

  • M and M cookies December 6, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    So many peopl try and make u turns lately on streets.. It’s safer to turn into a street or parking lot and then go out…especially bluff st.

    • Decisive! December 7, 2014 at 9:14 am

      It is because people are wishy-washy and can’t make up their minds what they want to do. They are not strong enough to decide they are going to go in one direction, and then go that way. They keep thinking, “maybe going another way would be better.”
      Or they aren’t intelligent enough to remember things. They get half-way to where they are going, and remember that they left something they needed at home. So they whip around in traffic and crash.

  • Joe Smith December 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    I’m surprised it took this long to see an accident there. The idiot road construction crew doesn’t know how to properly merge 2 lanes into 1. Combine idiot drivers and idiot traffic management and get bad results…

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