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ST. GEORGE – A woman in her 80s died Sunday from injuries she sustained when her car struck a light pole at the intersection of Valley View Drive and Dixie Drive in St. George while traveling at a high rate of speed at approximately 2 p.m.
According to a witness at the scene, the woman, driving a brown Toyota Camry southbound on Valley View Drive, hit the intersection light pole across the street from Green Valley Market while traveling approximately 70 mph and never used her brakes.
No skid marks were observed at the scene.
St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding confirmed speed was a factor in the collision but said it is unclear why the woman was driving at excessive speed.
“We’re not sure if there was impairment, distraction or whether the woman suffered a medical incident,” Harding said.
The St. George Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene.
Heavy equipment was used to extricate the woman from the vehicle.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., all northbound and southbound lanes of traffic were shut down in order for Life Flight to land. However, Life Flight was cancelled shortly thereafter as it was confirmed the woman had died.
The woman was the only occupant of the vehicle. No other injuries were reported and no other vehicles were involved.
The name of the deceased woman is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.
St. George News Assistant Editor Kimberly Scott contributed to this report.
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