WASHINGTON COUNTY – A 35-year-old St. George man was killed Wednesday night after being hit by a vehicle on state Route 18, approximately 2 miles south of Veyo.
The man, identified as Justin R. Maples, and a female passenger were driving north on SR-18 in a gold Pontiac Grand Am around 7:45 p.m. when the man stopped the vehicle on the right shoulder of the road at milepost 19, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jake Hicks said.
Maples proceeded to get out of the vehicle and, for an unknown reason, Hicks said, began walking in the northbound lanes of the highway.
“Further investigation showed that earlier in the evening Mr. Maples had been reported as a possible impaired driver but was not located by law enforcement,” the UHP said in a news release.
As Maples continued to walk across the highway, he was struck by a northbound silver Toyota Prius at milepost 18.5 near Baker Dam Road.
Maples was killed on impact, Hicks said. The driver of the Toyota Prius pulled to the right shoulder, stopped and called police.
“We suspect that Mr. Maples was impaired at the time of the crash,” the UHP said in its release. “A blood draw was taken on the deceased, Mr. Maples. The driver of the Prius is cooperating and also consented to a blood draw.”
No other injuries were reported as a result of the collision.
Utah Highway Patrol, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and emergency medical personnel 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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