ST. GEORGE – The unlucky owner of an electric car, a hybrid, watched his vehicle roll 75 feet into a ravine Wednesday morning after the brake failed to engage.
St. George Police received the call at 9:58 a.m. The owner of the vehicle was parking his car in a lot on the south side of Red Hills Parkway near the Dixie Rock in Pioneer Park, St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said. Harding supervises the traffic and accident investigation units as well as the motor squad.
“He indicated that he pushed a button to activate the brakes, stepped out of the vehicle and the brakes weren’t activated and it rolled backwards off of the hill.”
“This is kind of an unusual accident, in the fact that it’s an electric car,” Harding said. “I’m not familiar with them but apparently there’s a button you have to activate the brakes with and that didn’t occur.”
A crane from Ruesch Machine was called to extract the vehicle from the bottom of the steep hillside, St. George Police Sgt. Tyler Cowan said.
No one was injured in the accident although the car was heavily damaged. The driver was cited for failing to secure his vehicle, Cowan said.
It’s not the first time a vehicle has gone off the cliff at that location, Harding said.
“I’ve been a cop for 33 years here and we’ve had several cars and motorcycles go off of this very embankment in this very spot,” Harding said. Concrete barriers were installed because of the accidents, but were removed when the new parking lot was built.
“It didn’t used to be a parking lot, it used to be Jersey barriers here because we had people going off of this cliff.”
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
St. George News reporter Don Gilman contributed to this report.
Ed. note: The electric car referred to in this report is a hybrid.
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