Improper lane travel results in 3-car collision on 700 East; driver’s dog possible factor

ST. GEORGE – A woman was taken to the hospital Monday evening following a three-car collision on 700 East.

A woman was taken to the hospital following a three-car collision on 700 East by Hansen Stadium, St. George, Utah, May 23, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A woman was taken to the hospital following a three-car collision on 700 East by Hansen Stadium, St. George, Utah, May 23, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Around 6:20 p.m., a 68-year-old woman in a Toyota Camry was travelling north on 700 East when the car wandered to the right side of the road just past 600 South. As it moved toward the curb, the Camry crashed into the back of a parked Nissan Quest minivan.

The impact into the backside of the minivan caused it to ram the back of Subaru Impreza parked ahead of it.

The impact appeared to move both the Nissan and the Subaru ahead of it around 4-5 feet beyond their original positions.

Jonathan Hummel was across the street when he and others heard the sound of the crash followed by a revving engine. When he realized there had been a crash, he ran over to the scene.

“The engine was racing, so I just hurried and opening the door and shut the key off,” Hummel said. “It was starting to smoke real bad and fill up the cab and everything, so I just hurried and shut it off and then tried to get the battery disconnected.”

A woman was taken to the hospital following a three-car collision on 700 East by Hansen Stadium, St. George, Utah, May 23, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A woman was taken to the hospital following a three-car collision on 700 East by Hansen Stadium, St. George, Utah, May 23, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

The woman inside the car appeared to have sustained some cuts from where the airbag hit her, Hummel said, and added she may have hurt her neck as well. He was also able to speak with the woman some about what happened.

“She just appeared to have gotten distracted by a dog that was in with her and hit that car going at a relatively fast speed,” Hummel said.

St. George Police Officer Lona Trombley said Tuesday morning that the dog could have been one of the possible factors involved in the accident.

Hummel spoke with police and filled out a witness statement while responders took the woman out of her car on a stretcher. She was loaded into the back of a Gold Cross Ambulance and taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center for examination.

A woman was taken to the hospital following a three-car collision on 700 East by Hansen Stadium, St. George, Utah, May 23, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
A woman was taken to the hospital following a three-car collision on 700 East by Hansen Stadium, St. George, Utah, May 23, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Hummel said the dog did not survive the crash and was likely killed by the impact.

“It’s scary when you drive with your animals in your car,” Trombley said. “If they’re not seat belted in, they can get really hurt.”

The 68-year-old woman was cited for improper lane travel, having no vehicle insurance and driving with a suspended license.

St. George Police and Fire departments responded to the crash along with Gold Cross Ambulance and Dixie State University Police.

The Camry and minivan had to be towed away. The third car, though dented in the back, remained operable. No one else was injured in 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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Email: mkessler@stgnews.com

Twitter: @MoriKessler

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4 Comments

  • knobe May 24, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I am going to go out on a limb & guess that
    someone with No drivers license & No insurance is probably traveling without a pet carrier .

  • fun bag May 24, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    some reckless clown from oregon. hopefully she will be off the roads for a very long time or forever. must not have been much of a dog either to not survive that, poor dog.

  • Bowlinggreen123 May 24, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Just wondering why St George News and The Spectrum Hardly ever give names of people involved?

    I would like to know if I know the person involved.

  • .... May 24, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    I just feel bad for the dog. I don’t really care about the people involved

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