ST.GEORGE — The back end of a Mini Cooper was smashed in after the driver of a white Dodge 250 truck didn’t see the car stopped at the light.
The collision happened at the intersection of Bluff Street and Sunset Boulevard Friday around 4 p.m., when the stop light on Bluff Street turned yellow.
The driver of the Mini Cooper, Derek Schweitzer, was driving northbound and stopped in the furthest outside lane of the three left-turn lanes on Bluff Street.
The 20-something-year-old woman driving the Dodge told police she had been distracted by something outside the car and didn’t see the light or the car there, St. George Police Sgt. Dave Williams said.
She looked up before hitting the car and slammed the brakes, Williams said, but couldn’t stop in time.
She was issued a citation for improper lookout.
Schweitzer said he heard the screech of the tires and looked into his rear-view mirror in time to see the truck hit.
Williams said the stopping distance may have been increased because hail was starting to fall on the road from a storm that hit that afternoon.
The impact shattered his back windshield and the back side windows, Schweitzer said.
The force of the crash also sent his glasses and his phone, which had been in his shirt pocket, flying into the back seat, Schweitzer said.
While Schweitzer said he had some neck pain, neither he nor the other driver were transported by ambulance, although he did visit the emergency room at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, where they told him he was OK and would just be sore for a while and to take it easy.
“You know, it could have been a lot worse,” he said.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts, Williams said, and there were no passengers in either car.
The outside and middle left-turn lanes from Bluff Street onto Sunset Boulevard were blocked for about 30 minutes, Williams said.
This was to slow traffic down because of the low visibility and water on the road from the storm, Williams said.
“Kind of a, forgive the pun, but perfect storm for more accidents to happen,” he said.
The Mini Cooper was towed from the scene but the driver of the Dodge was able to drive the truck away.
St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance also responded to the scene.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and one of the parties and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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