Victim’s name released in fatal Diamond Valley collision

In this file photo, emergency personnel respond to a fatal collision on SR-18, Washington County, Utah, April 2, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – The name of a teenage girl killed Sunday night in a collision near Diamond Valley has been released by authorities.

The collision occurred when a Chevrolet passenger car made a left turn from Diamond Valley Drive but turned into the path of a Dodge pickup truck that was traveling north on state Route 18. The driver of the pickup was unable to stop in time and struck the Chevrolet.

Read more: Teen driver dies in T-bone collision near Diamond Valley

In this file photo, a Dodge pickup truck sustains heavy damage after being involved in a fatal collision on SR-18, Washington County, Utah, April 2, 2017 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

Abbigayl Kraushaar, 17, of St. George, was driving the Chevrolet and died in the crash as a result of severe injuries.

A passenger in the Chevrolet, a woman in her late teens or early 20s, was able to get herself out of the car after the accident. She was treated at the scene and then transported to the hospital in stable condition, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Larry Mower said.

The driver of the pickup truck, a 19-year-old man, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Pastor told St. George News Sunday night.

Mower confirmed Monday that the driver of the pickup truck was not injured and refused medical treatment at the scene of the accident.

Kraushaar was not wearing a seatbelt, Mower said, but probably would not have survived the impact even if she had been buckled up.

“Due to the nature of the impact and the (way the) truck came into the driver’s doors like it did, I don’t think it would have mattered for her,” Mower said.

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

St. George News reporter Joseph Witham contributed to this report.

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5 Comments

  • knobe April 3, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Sadly many teens & often the elderly Lack the ability to properly judge on coming traffic when making left hand turns .
    I do Not know what constitutes drivers training these days but some serious coaching time from parents might be beneficial .

    • Have3bratz April 3, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more!!! I honestly believe the parents feel the schools drivers ed is responsible for teaching their kids how to drive, why because we pay them!!! I took 2 of my 3 out and taught them I didn’t leave it up to some stranger!!! And am I glad I didn’t!!! The horror stories I was told about what the instructors taught them is unbelievable!!! Parents need to stop being so … lazy and teach their own kids and stop leaving up to others to do their job!!! If that happened more, maybe there wouldn’t be so many teen accidents!!! JS
      Ed. ellipsis.

      • hannahswitz April 4, 2017 at 10:03 pm

        Your comment is awaiting moderation.
        Do you honestly think it’s a good idea to point fingers at the parents of this unfortunate young lady? What if her mother or father were to read this. It would only amplify the guilt I’m sure they are already feeling. Think before you post people.

        • comments April 5, 2017 at 11:26 am

          don’t think she’s blaming the victim at all. I think we’d all be better off if the driver’s training period for teens lasted about 3 years. It would be a provisional license with lots of restrictions and ongoing training all 3 years.

  • hannahswitz April 4, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Do you honestly think it’s a good idea to point fingers at the parents of this unfortunate young lady? What if her mother or father were to read this. It would only amplify the guilt I’m sure they are already feeling. Think before you post people.

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