ST. GEORGE — An 86-year-old man and his dog were struck by an SUV while crossing Sunset Boulevard Wednesday morning. The impact sent the man to the hospital while also resulting in the dog’s death. The incident is still under investigation and police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.
St. George Police officers and other emergency responders were dispatched to an auto-versus-pedestrian accident in the area of 1400 W. Sunset Blvd. around 7:15 a.m, where an SUV had struck the elderly man and his dog.
“(He) appeared to be crossing Sunset just west of 1400 West, not at a crosswalk, not even at an actual intersection, just mid-block,” St. George Police Officer Tyrell Bangerter said.
Traffic was reportedly light on Sunset Boulevard at the time, though one driver interviewed by police said the sun was down low and causing visibility issues. This may have been a factor in what happened next.
A 59-year-old woman driving east in a Kia Sorento SUV told police she was slowing down to make a turn onto 1400 West. While doing so, she struck the man and his dog with the passenger-front corner of her vehicle. The woman stopped at the scene, as did another driver who was following behind her who witnessed the incident.
The man sustained what appeared to be serious injuries, yet was conscious when taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Bangerter said. The dog did not survive.
The driver of the Kia Sorento was uninjured.
As the investigation is ongoing, no citations have been issued related to the incident at this time.
“There are more interviews and follow-up,” Bangerter said.
If anyone witnessed the accident, or saw the man walking his dog in the area just prior to the accident, police ask that you contact them at 435-627-4300.
Gold Cross Ambulance, the St. George Fire Department and St. George Animal Services also responded to the scene.
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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