Man with medical condition drives off roadway into bushes

ST. GEORGE — A man reportedly suffering from a medical incident drove off the roadway and into the bushes of an adjacent business Thursday afternoon.

A car rests in the bushes of a gas station after its driver reportedly suffered a medical condition and drove it off the road, St. George, Utah, Dec. 29, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News
A car rests in the bushes of a gas station after its driver reportedly suffered a medical condition and drove it off the road, St. George, Utah, Dec. 29, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

St. George Police responded to the incident at the intersection of Valley View Drive and Sunset Boulevard at approximately 3:54 p.m.

The man was driving in a silver Nissan SUV making a left turn from Sunset Boulevard onto Valley View Drive when he was suddenly affected by an unknown medical condition, St. George Police Officer David McDaniel said.

The driver failed to complete the turn and instead drove up the curb and into the bushes of a nearby gas station where he managed to stop the car before it could hit a gas pump.

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Emergency personnel from St. George Fire and Gold Cross Ambulance arrived to examine the man. He reported no injuries, though a stretcher was out and ready as a precaution.

A car rests in the bushes of a gas station after its driver reportedly suffered a medical condition and drove it off the road, St. George, Utah, Dec. 29, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News
A car rests in the bushes of a gas station after its driver reportedly suffered a medical condition and drove it off the road, St. George, Utah, Dec. 29, 2016 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

Exactly what medical condition the man had suffered from was unknown at the time this report was taken.

“No citations are going to be issued because of the medical issue,” McDaniel said.

The SUV was damaged and inoperable and was towed. The towing job was complicated by the position of the vehicle and its proximity to a gas pump, but it was eventually towed away after the tow truck briefly blocked and slowed traffic.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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5 Comments

  • mmsandie December 30, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    It’s always a medical issue, no citations, people must be sick in st George..,many drugs say don,t drive when taken, do these people read the label

    • comments December 30, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      driver was probly over 90. I don’t know how many times it can be said–a medical condition is not an excuse to drive recklessly. If your not good to drive turn in your license. If these ‘medical episode’ drivers kill a person that death is no less tragic than if it had been a DUI or texting.

      • comments December 30, 2016 at 11:09 pm

        the point is: issue the citation and make them get a mandatory review of their driving ability. this is why we have licensing in the first place

  • Henry December 30, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    About another 100 feet and he could’ve walked into the State Liquor Store for some alcoholic medication.

  • .... December 30, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Well driving while texting is a medical issue now and driving while intoxicated is a medical issue when you have the right attorney available

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