Vehicle strikes pedestrian in parking lot

ST. GEORGE — A trip to the grocery store became a trip to the hospital for one man Tuesday.

A man is struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of Albertsons supermarket Tuesday. St. George, Utah, May 16, 2017 | Photo by Mike Cole, St. George News

St. George Police Capt. Mike Giles said an accident involving an automobile and pedestrian was reported at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.

First responders were called to the parking lot of Albertsons supermarket on Sunset Boulevard where they found that a grey Pontiac Grand Prix had been circling the lot, looking for a parking place.

“For one reason or another,” Giles said, “he ended up accelerating into a pedestrian, an elderly male, striking that pedestrian and throwing him to the ground. The vehicle then accelerated into some parked vehicles on the other side of the parking stall that he was moving towards, and the vehicle came to rest there.”

See the video in media player top of this report.

The suspect vehicle also dislocated some shopping cart collection racks, pushing them into the center of the next aisle over.

Giles said the male pedestrian victim was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

“We don’t have a current status on his medical condition,” Giles said. “At this point I can’t speculate on how he’s doing or what his prognosis is but he’s currently being treated.”

This is a developing story. Updates will be added as they become available.

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  • Proud Rebel May 16, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Was the driver under the influence? Did the driver have a medical problem? I see that it’s a developing story, but a bit more information would be appreciated.
    Please do a follow-up on this when the information is available.

  • utahdiablo May 17, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Looking for parking huh? We use this Albertson’s location all the time, plenty of parking everywhere, so get off your lazy butt and walk a few steps…the person that was hit needs to sue

    • chelel May 18, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      The man driving the car was my 89 year old WW2 veteran grandfather. This is a hard time,learn some respect.

  • comments May 17, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Sounds like this poor elderly man got run down by some complete idiot that mistook the gas for the brake. An idiot, a medical episode, or a senile old driver, we may never know. I once nearly got run down by a jeep full of hispanic-looking men in that parking lot once, so I know how scary it can be. It just doesn’t take that much more effort out of people’s day to driver better and respect other people. I don’t know why they don’t.

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