ST. GEORGE – The St. George Police Department confirmed Tuesday evening that a young man injured in a scooter accident early Tuesday morning has died. The name of the man has not yet been released by authorities.
Just after 6:50 a.m., the St. George Communications Center received a 911 call regarding a motorcycle accident on 700 South in the area of 900 East. The caller reported a motorcycle was in the roadway and the rider may have been struck by a passing car.
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The rider was not breathing and had sustained head injuries, according to a statement released by the St. George Police Department. Police and medical personnel arrived on scene and began treating the victim. The accident victim was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George with life-threatening injuries.
Preliminary information about the accident suggests that the motorcycle, a scooter, was traveling east on 700 South and had just traveled under the Interstate 15 overpass when the rider lost control of the scooter and began to slide in the travel lane, the police statement said. The scooter was in the outside travel lane, closest to the curb, and came to rest in the same lane. The rider was dislodged from the scooter and was in, or close to, the adjacent travel lane.
Investigators are trying to determine the contributing factors that led to the rider losing control, the police statement said; wet roads may have played a role.
A vehicle that approached the scooter stopped and turned on its hazard lights.
Another vehicle approaching the scene passed that car and struck the downed motorcyclist, the police statement said. The driver that struck the scooter remained on scene and has been cooperating with investigators.
The motorist that stopped and turned on their hazard lights left the scene prior to officers being able to interview them.
Investigators are trying to identify the motorist who stopped and turned on hazard lights. Any witnesses to, or anyone with information about, this accident are asked to please contact the St. George Police Department and speak with Detective Manzer. Telephone 435-627-4337 or Sgt. Palmer 435-627-4951.
The Accident Reconstruction Team and Detectives from the Investigations Division responded to investigate the incident.
Officers closed off 700 South between 1000 East and 800 East while the scene was documented and the initial investigation was conducted. The closure lasted approximately two and a half hours.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement as the investigation continues. It may not contain the full scope of findings.
Videocast contributed by St. George News videographer Leanna Bergeron.
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