Car crashes through house, injures man sleeping inside

A sleeping man is injured when the driver of a white Isuzu Rodeo crashes into his residence late Wednesday night near Valley View Drive, St. George, Utah, May 3, 2017 | Photo submitted anonymously, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A man sleeping inside of a home was injured when a teen driver crashed an SUV into his bedroom late Wednesday night.

A sleeping man is injured when the driver of a white Isuzu Rodeo crashes into his residence late Wednesday night near Valley View Drive, St. George, Utah, May 3, 2017 | Photo submitted anonymously, St. George News

Shortly before 11:30 p.m. emergency personnel were dispatched to a single vehicle crash at 1308 W. 360 North near the corner of Valley View Drive, St. George Police Public Information Officer Lona Trombley said.

Initial reports indicated the wreck involved a white 1995 Isuzu Rodeo SUV that crashed into the corner of a home and was sitting partially inside of the residence.

Upon arrival firefighters and EMT’s checked the 16-year-old driver and found no visible injuries, but once they entered the residence they found a 32-year-old man who had been struck by the SUV as it crashed through one of the bedrooms, Trombley said.

The man was then transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

“It is believed that he will recover,” Trombley said.

According to a witness who requested to remain anonymous, the injured man was sleeping when the SUV crashed into the bedroom.

The driver told officers that he was looking down at his radio when the incident began and was unable to regain control of the SUV as it careened off of the roadway. The SUV traveled through a cinder-block wall and into the residence.

The driver declined to be transported to the hospital after the crash. The SUV was heavily damaged and towed from the scene.

“A citation may be issued pending further investigation,” Trombley said.

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

  • mmsandie May 4, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Wow that’s 2 this week on valley view… Age 16. Hummmmmmm where did he go to drivers Ed??

  • utahdiablo May 4, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    “Looking down at the Radio”…….must have been a important song or message on the radio…Cell phone records please.

  • ladybugavenger May 5, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I don’t know how this man will ever recover from losing sleep that night. He may never sleep well again…you’re not even safe in your own bed….PTSD?

  • comments May 5, 2017 at 10:36 am

    “A citation may be issued pending further investigation,”

    I realize young drivers make mistakes, but really? crashing thru a brick wall then into a house? Can we get a reckless driving on this one or is this just another run of the mill “improper lane travel”. How many people have to die to get a reckless driving charge?

    “The driver told officers that he was looking down at his radio when the incident began”

    We all know he was texting. Hope this moron’s insurance rates fly to the moon.

    • Have3bratz May 5, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      I thought the exact samething when I read that!!! How can there be any question about a citation to be given??? And there was no improper lane change, cuz there wasn’t a lane to change into!!! So the improper lane change has been used for everything in this town it seems like!!!?

      And yes we all know that he told the officer “he was looking down at his radio” when the incident accured… So that’s leaves me to say this to you: We all don’t know he was texting!!!? And you sir are the only moron on this thread!!! Nothing like being a judgmental jerk!!!? Maybe, just maybe he is telling the truth!!!?? You don’t know if he showed the cop his phone or not!!!? And nor do I!!! But until then you should really refrain from saying everyone is looking at their cells and that’s what really caused the accident!!! You do it in just about every article I read that you comment on and its getting old!!!? You sound a little guilty yourself when you immediately blame it on the phones!!!? Maybe you should stop texting and commenting on these articles while you’re driving!!!?

      • ladybugavenger May 6, 2017 at 6:44 pm

        I bet you’re looking at your cell phone right now lol

      • ladybugavenger May 6, 2017 at 6:54 pm

        Calm down, this is a friendly site✌️ And let’s face the truth, Bob is not the only moron here. Be nice to Bob, he’s been divorced 3 times. They all went crazy… There is obviously something wrong with him… ? Don’t go all crazy, Have3bratz

  • DB May 5, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    “A citation may be issued pending further investigation”…DUH. Honest question here; We see a ‘citation’ issued on a lot of these accidents. I assume the citation for going ten mph over the speed limit is different from the one where you run into the side of a house. Does anyone know?

    • ladybugavenger May 6, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      I’m sorry, I couldn’t help but laugh.
      I’m not certain but I would think that driving into a house would be considered reckless driving. Or perhaps, negligent collision? And looking down at the radio would be considered distracted driving. #DistractedRecklessNegligentCollision

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