ST. GEORGE — Police cited a woman for careless driving Tuesday after she drove through a brick wall and into the living room of a home in St. George.
The 38-year-old driver of a silver Suzuki SX4 was driving southbound on Dixie Drive when, she told officers, she leaned down to change the station on the radio and became dizzy, St. George Police Sgt. Dave Williams said.
“At that moment, she said that she’s not sure what happened,” Williams said. “… She claims she got a little bit dizzy.”
The vehicle ended up cutting across three lanes of travel, hitting a curb and going airborne, crashing through a chain that was blocking off an RV storage lot.
The woman then accelerated through the RV lot and crashed through a brick wall.
“She said when it all kind of exploded up in her face she must have hit the accelerator,” Williams said.
The vehicle crashed into a home on the other side of the brick wall, coming to a stop in the living room of the house.
The only person in the home was an elderly woman, Williams said, but she told police that just three minutes earlier there had been children in the living room.
No one was injured in the accident, and no other vehicles were impacted when the Suzuki crossed the travel lanes.
“She did not collide with any other vehicles, luckily,” Williams said.
Gold Cross Ambulance responders checked the driver for injuries but did not find any, and the driver refused ambulance transport to the hospital.
Williams said the driver told police she had been wearing a seat belt, and he said he believed she had been, considering the extent of the damage to the Suzuki.
Both airbags were deployed on the vehicle, and the Suzuki was completely disabled and had to be removed from the scene by tow truck.
Besides damage to the vehicle, there was extensive damage to the home, and members of the St. George Fire Department were on scene to check if the house was structurally sound and to inspect for possible hazards from gas lines and other utilities.
It appeared from preliminary inspection that there were no hazards or risks in that regard, Williams said.
There was also damage to the chain and brick wall, which were part of an RV storage lot owned by the neighborhood’s homeowners association.
In such an incident, officers always check for possible DUI, Williams said, but there were no indications that alcohol had been a factor in this accident.
The driver of the Suzuki will be cited for careless driving.
“Careless driving is when you are distracted by something in the car and commit a traffic violation,” Williams 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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