Car cuts off motorcycle; rider in hospital with broken bones, injuries

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.

Aftermath of a car-versus-motorcycle crash on River Road near Sunset Boulevard that put the motorcycle rider in the hospital, St. George May 21, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Aftermath of a car-versus-motorcycle crash on Dixie Drive near Sunset Boulevard that put the motorcycle rider in the hospital, St. George May 21, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

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.

Aftermath of a car-versus-motorcycle crash on River Road near Sunset Boulevard that put the motorcycle rider in the hospital, St. George May 21, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Aftermath of a car-versus-motorcycle crash on Dixie Drive near Sunset Boulevard that put the motorcycle rider in the hospital, St. George May 21, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

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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9 Comments

  • mshaw May 22, 2016 at 7:58 am

    No pictures of the car? Was the women drinking? Great reporting mori!

  • fun bag May 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    possibly the biker was going at excessive high speed also. i’ve seen these hot shots on these speed bikes zipping up and down sunset at about 80-90mph

  • fun bag May 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    and when someone is going 80 in a 40 you can hardly judge a left turn. may not apply here, but who knows

    • LocalTourist May 23, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Still doesn’t mean she hits him and leaves him laying in the street. That is the most cowardly, low life thing a human can ever do.

  • pappy May 22, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    The last photo shows a female being interviewed by police officers; as well, there appears to be a damaged vehicle (left side, consistent with the description of the collision). It is possible that the white vehicle in the photo is the one that was involved. Also note that the damaged car is blocked-in by a police unit.

  • fun bag May 22, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    stg drivers really are lacking in common driving courtesy. i figure the reason cops won’t give ticket is bc they’re afraid of pulling over someone from their LDS ward. stg drivers either think they’re performing in a circus act or a driving a demolition derby.. hmm

    • Kristi May 22, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      I totally agree with you about the LDS part… But there for awhile it seemed they were handing tickets out for the dumbest things. What I would like to know is why wasn’t the driver of the car isussed a citation for leaving the scene of an accident??? Isn’t that a crime in its self???

      • LocalTourist May 23, 2016 at 7:27 am

        Totally agree, and with all the drivers leaving accident scenes these days, we need to increase the penalty for leaving an accident.

  • .... May 23, 2016 at 2:26 am

    Hey this is Utah and being LDS has its advantages

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