Parking lot incident damages 2 vehicles at credit union

ST. GEORGE — An incident just after 1:20 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Mountain America Credit Union resulted in two cars with major damage but no injuries.

Officials investigate after a parking lot incident at Mountain America Credit Union on Sunset Blvd. Tuesday. St. George, Utah, Jan. 3, 2017 | Photo by Sheldon Demke. St. George News
Officials investigate after a parking lot incident at Mountain America Credit Union on Sunset Blvd. Tuesday. St. George, Utah, Jan. 3, 2017 | Photo by Sheldon Demke. St. George News

“We were sitting in my office,” said Mountain America branch manager Aspen Shamblen. “I heard a crash, and my assistant was facing me and she watched the whole thing happen.”

Her assistant’s white Yukon SUV had just been struck in the parking lot of the building located at 2104 W. Sunset Blvd. in St. George.

“The car had hit her vehicle. I watched it push it up the hill,” Shamblen said.

A red Toyota RAV-4 had sped through the parking lot, catching the right rear of the white Yukon and causing it to be pushed over the curb and onto the grass.

“The driver of this red Toyota RAV-4 came into the parking lot to go to the credit union,” St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said. “She said something stuck under her pedal or she hit the wrong pedal or something. In any case she went forward and hit an unoccupied Yukon and pushed it up on to the hill.”

Harding said it was unclear exactly what happened.

“It really doesn’t matter too much because she hit an unoccupied vehicle so the citation will be issued for negligent collision,” he said.  “(When) a person operates a vehicle in such a way to collide with another person, property, or vehicle they are guilty of negligent collision.”

Airbags were deployed in the Toyota Rav-4.

St. George police and fire departments responded to the wreck.

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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  • comments January 3, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I thought the cops didn’t enforce traffic in private parking lots. First time I’m ever hearing about a citation for “negligent collision” and why this isn’t used much much more frequently?

    • .... January 3, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      Well heck Bob it looks like more material for another one of your conspiracy theories

  • Trevor January 3, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    This was predictable. We have allowed those in charge of driver legislation and training to teach the dangerous right foot braking method, with its very poor reaction time and susceptibility to right foot pedal error on automatic cars and trucks, even though there is No Scientific support let alone Scientific Comparisons to safer and simpler braking methods like the left foot braking method. The teaching of right foot braking on automatic vehicles must be banned. Reports issued by NHTSA (DOT HS 811 597 and 812 058) highlight the dangers of right foot braking on automatic vehicles. Score to date, 30,000 documented but probably closer to 150,000 dead, millions injured, and costs in the billions. What a price we are paying because of the typical male driver’s systemic belief in an obsolete method of braking an automatic car.

    • Henry January 3, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      The dangers of driving with Right foot Braking? Or Right hand Texting?

    • comments January 4, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      guy is either trying to be funny or he’s a loon

    • DB January 4, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      So you’re the guy I see driving up Bluff with your brake lights on 90 percent of the time? I hope you know your left from your right foot REALLY well. ‘comments’ may have it right.

    • Rainbow Dash January 4, 2017 at 7:40 pm


      I was trained to drive professionally. We discussed the different braking strategies and how to correctly use them. There are many different styles and strategies to braking. Left foot braking in normal driving situations actually has few advantages. That said, I was taught that their effectiveness is dependent on a few things; For example, most automobile makers I know about design cars (especially automatic transmission cars) for right foot braking. Left foot braking has some advantages in race cars, and manual transmission cars because the pedal design is different. In racing, the driver may find themselves in a situation that necessitates left foot braking such as when the driver wants to corner under power and not lift off the throttle. Left foot braking, in that situation would help the car turn in better. You can test the effectiveness of this yourself the next time make a right turn driving down the highway at 80mph.

      • comments January 5, 2017 at 12:43 pm

        “You can test the effectiveness of this yourself the next time make a right turn driving down the highway at 80mph.”

        Please don’t. Idiotic thing to even suggest.

  • CaliGirl January 4, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Dear Mountain America Credit Union Assistant, research “diminished value” before settling with the guilty parties insurance. Your vehicle is now worth less because of their negligence.

  • anybody home January 4, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Love the line regarding how it happened that “it doesn’t matter much.” Typical “what the hell, who cares” attitude about driving in Utah.

  • comments January 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Over and over we’ve heard that “cops won’t issue citations on private property”. Was that all a bunch of bs or?

    • ladybugavenger January 5, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      New Years Bob, citations are subjective.

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