Collision impact knocks diamond from ring, sends 1 person to hospital

ST. GEORGE — A two-vehicle collision on Tabernacle Street in St. George Monday resulted in one person transported to the hospital and slowed traffic for 45 minutes.

A two-vehicle collision on Tabernacle Street sent one person to the hospital, St. George, Utah, April 20, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A two-vehicle collision on Tabernacle Street sent one person to the hospital, St. George, Utah, April 20, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Just before 5 p.m., a northbound red Toyota SUV ran a stop sign at the 200 East and Tabernacle Street intersection, St. George Police Officer Jace Hutchings said. The red Toyota collided with a white Lexus that had come to a stop at the four-way stop sign.

The impact of the collision spun the white Lexus around and it ended up partially on the sidewalk. The SUV traveled about 30-40 yards up the road before it came to a stop.

The driver of the Lexus, Ellen Plante, of St. George, said she had stopped at the stop sign.

“He came out of nowhere,” Plante said. “I had just started. I was almost at a standstill when they hit me at what seemed like 50 mph.”

Hutchings seemed to agree with Plante’s version of events and said:

There was a witness on the other side of the road that saw her stop as well. The driver of the SUV is saying that he stopped at the stop sign, but the impact of the vehicle, the damages, how the Lexus flipped around, and his vehicle being 30 to 40 yards up the road — it’s pretty hard to believe that he came to a stop.

A two-vehicle collision on Tabernacle Street sent one person to the hospital, St. George, Utah, April 20, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Abraham Palmer, St. George News
A two-vehicle collision on Tabernacle Street sent one person to the hospital, St. George, Utah, April 20, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Abraham Palmer, St. George News

Plante showed the setting of her solitaire diamond ring which, after the collision, had only the prongs sticking up. The force of the crash was so powerful, it knocked the diamond out of the ring setting. Fortunately, the diamond was found on the floor of her car after a frantic search.

A passenger in the red Toyota was taken by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George with neck injuries while the driver of the Toyota was uninjured. Plante had a wrist and a knee injury but refused transport to the hospital.

All parties were wearing seat belts, and air bags in both vehicles deployed.

The driver of the red Toyota was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign, Hutchings 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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7 Comments

  • Looneybugavenger April 20, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I sure hope the diamond is okay. should a tooked a cab eh.?

    • fun bag April 21, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      praise the lard the diamonds are safe!!! shud of taked der cab

  • DB April 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    How’s the driver of the red SUV supposed to see a stop sign through all those bug guts covering the windshield?

  • DesertBill April 21, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    “The driver of the red Toyota was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign, Hutchings said.”

    That sounds like pretty benign punishment. I vote that the penalty for anyone running a stop sign be significantly increased. This is, or should be, very basic Vehicle Operation 101. And then when the violator lies –

    “The driver of the SUV is saying that he stopped at the stop sign, but the impact of the vehicle, the damages, how the Lexus flipped around, and his vehicle being 30 to 40 yards up the road — it’s pretty hard to believe that he came to a stop”

    then double the penalty.

  • fun bag April 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    imagine the fundraiser this trophy wife would have needed had the diamond been lost! Hell, we better get her a fundraiser anyways so she can upgrade that lexus to a new BMW…

    • eplante May 10, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Actually, I am not a trophy wife and I work very hard daily to pay my bills. I am embarrassed that they even mentioned the diamond, I was blessed to even
      be alive.

      • fun bag May 10, 2015 at 4:35 pm

        “I was blessed to even be alive.”

        not really, cuz the wreck wasn’t even that bad. too bad about the lexus… and i still think ur a trophy wife…

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