ST. GEORGE — A woman experiencing a possible medical issue while driving lost control of her gray Hyundai Tucson Thursday morning, sending her up onto a gravel embankment on the west side of the Red Cliffs Mall in St. George.
The driver drove over bushes, knocked down three trees and hit several boulders before coming to a stop several hundred feet from where she lost control of the vehicle around 9:49 a.m.
The woman showed some signs of confusion, St. George Police Officer Jamison Hale said.
“She couldn’t exactly tell me where she was. She knew her address fine. She knew what day of the week it was,” Hale said. “She couldn’t tell me what happened. She said ‘I just wanted to pull off the road to get out of the way.’”
Medical personnel on scene said the woman had a history of seizures, Hale said.
“She was eastbound on Red Cliffs and made a right-hand turn to travel south on 1680 East,” St. George Police Sgt Sam Despain said. “At this point, we believe the driver had some sort of medical condition that caused her to go off the roadway into the planter box by the mall. She actually hit three trees, drove over some rocks … did some damage to her car.”
Despite not complaining of any injuries, Despain said, the woman was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for precautionary purposes.
No other vehicles were involved and no other injuries were reported as a result of the collision.
Airbags did not deploy on the Hyundai, which was subsequently towed from the scene.
As this report is published, no citations had been issued.
St. George Police, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the incident.
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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