ST. GEORGE – An motorcycle rider was transported to the hospital Saturday night with broken bones and potentially serious injuries after colliding with a passenger car that pulled out of a parking lot in front of him.
Shortly before 9:30 p.m., the St. George Police Department was alerted to the car-versus-motorcycle crash on Dixie Drive just south of the Sunset Boulevard intersection.
From what investigators have been able to piece together thus far, St. George Police Capt. Mike Giles said, the motorcycle was southbound on Dixie Drive in the outside lane by the McDonald’s restaurant on the street corner. At the same time, the passenger car was in the driveway south of McDonald’s providing egress to Dixie Drive.
The car was moving forward to make a left turn onto Dixie Drive and pulled out in front of the motorcycle as it did so, triggering the collision.
“The rider of the motorcycle sustained some broken bones and some potentially serious injuries,” Giles said.
The motorcycle rider was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George by Gold Cross Ambulance. Despite potentially serious injuries, the rider appeared to be in stable condition while being examined at the hospital, Giles said.
At the time police had yet to interview the motorcycle rider about the crash and were not able to confirm whether he was wearing a helmet.
The driver of the car, an adult woman, initially left the scene and drove up the road with witnesses following behind her. Police were able to make contact her at the Maverik gas station kitty-corner from McDonald’s at the same intersection.
Thus far, no citations have been issued as the investigation is ongoing and factors related to the crash have yet to be determined.
The segment of Dixie Drive at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard was shut down for about an hour, with northbound traffic being allowed through by 10:30 p.m. Many police officers were at the scene investigating aspects of the crash while others made contact with the car’s driver over at Maverik.
The St. George Fire Department also 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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