ST. GEORGE – A man was taken to the hospital, and officers are still trying to piece together exactly what happened following a vehicle-versus-person accident at a Maverik gas station in St. George Tuesday evening.
Shortly before 6:30 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched on reports of an accident in the Maverik parking lot at 1860 W. Sunset Blvd.
“We’re still trying to figure out what happened,” St. George Police Sgt. Wade Johnson said.
From what officers have been able to deduce so far, Johnson said, a man in a Budget rental box truck was parked at a gas pump washing the windows of the truck. Somehow, the man ended up being struck by a red pickup truck that was driving around the front of the box truck.
“I think the (man washing the window) took a step back into the path of the truck’s rear tire,” Johnson said.
“I’m not a hundred percent sure on that because we haven’t had a chance to talk to the victim,” he added.
The incident occurred at a time of day when the sun was low in the sky, potentially causing visibility issues.
“I think the guy (in the pickup) just didn’t see him,” Johnson said.
The man who was hit was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for observation. At the time of this publication, Johnson said he did not know the extent of the man’s injuries.
“It looked like his leg got hit,” Johnson said, “and I’m not sure on anything else.”
Officers went to the hospital to try and speak with the man who was hit, but he was undergoing tests at that time.
“We were not able to get in there and talk to him,” Johnson said.
Though the full scope of what happened has not yet been established, Johnson said it appears this was just an unfortunate accident, and no citations will be given to either party.
“We couldn’t see that anybody was negligent or committed any violations, and so we’re not going to issue any citations,” he said.
The man hit was the only person injured in the incident, though the man driving the pickup truck was visibly shaken afterward.
“He was very, very shaken up,” Johnson said, “and rightfully so.”
In addition to the St. George Police Department, the St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene. Gold Cross transported the injured man to the hospital.
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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