IVINS – A driver with the early morning sun in her eyes swerved to avoid children walking in a residential neighborhood, but she struck a child on the other side of the road.
The accident happened at 83 S. 296 East in Ivins at about 7:50 a.m. An 18-year old woman driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse came around a corner and had the sun in her eyes, Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department spokesman Chad Holt said.
The driver saw some children walking on one side of the road, and swerved to the other side of the road to avoid them. However, the car then struck a young girl on the other side of the road.
The girl, who is 12 or 13 years old, said Holt, was just clipped by the Mitsubishi’s mirror. She suffered only minor injuries, mostly road rash being knocked down. Medical transport was declined, and the girl was self-transported to receive medical care.
“In the mornings you’ve got to be really careful – especially in the mornings and evenings – the streets run perfectly east and west and that’s always where the sun is coming up and coming down,” Holt said. “So you really need to pay attention.”
Motorists should be especially watchful in residential neighborhoods when children are walking to school or to bus stops, Holt said.
The Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department and Ivins Emergency Medical Services responded to the incident. The accident is still under investigation, and no citations have been issued at the time of this report.
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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