Motorcycle rider goes down after truck turns in front of her

St. George officers inspect the motorcycle of a rider who had to lay her bike down Tuesday afternoon to avoid hitting another vehicle. St. George, Utah, May 30, 2017| Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A motorcycle club out of Ogden that was returning home from a Memorial Day outing got delayed for several hours Tuesday as one of their riders had to drop her bike after a truck turned in front of her.

First responders gather around a motorcycle rider that had to lay her bike down Tuesday afternoon to avoid hitting another vehicle. St. George, Utah, May 30, 2017 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

“We had a motorcycle rider going eastbound on Red Cliffs Drive approaching the Mall Drive intersection,” St. George Police Officer Andy Mickelson said. “As they entered the intersection on a green light, a dark-colored SUV or large pickup made a left turn directly in front of that motorcycle rider, causing her to lay the bike down.”

Mickelson said no contact was made with the vehicle, but the rider did the correct thing in laying the bike down to avoid a collision. The incident was dispatched to police at 12:15 p.m.

“That vehicle was responsible for causing the crash,” Mickelson said, “however we didn’t get any information on that vehicle.”

When asked if the incident was a hit-and-run, Mickelson said it was “kind of, but without the hit.”

Mickelson, a St. George Police motorcycle officer,  reminded drivers to watch for motorcycles.

“Nice weather, motorcycles are out, keep your eyes open for them. Pay attention to what is coming at you if you’re going to make a turn.”

The rider sustained road rash and abrasions, however, she was wearing a helmet. She refused transport and was released after treatment by Gold Cross paramedics. The motorcycle had to be towed from the scene.

Units from St. George Police, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance were at the scene.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders along with personal observation and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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6 Comments

  • comments May 30, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    “Mickelson, a St. George Police motorcycle officer, reminded drivers to watch for motorcycles.”

    This is st george, they’re going to cut a left in front of you whether they see you or not

  • Who May 31, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    comments,,: You must be an extremely unhappy individual. Try saying something ,, oh I don,t know,,,NICE??? It might make you feel better?

    • comments May 31, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      Just assume every story I don’t comment on I’m think lovely, pleasant and nice thoughts about 😉

      • comments May 31, 2017 at 10:32 pm

        *thinking. oof it’s gettin late, 😉

  • Caveat_Emptor May 31, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    The Motorcycle Safety Foundation class will instruct you to take this action to avoid contact. This lady followed those directions by driving defensively, at significant personal cost.
    Let’s be honest here, St. George is filled with inconsiderate drivers who have a tendency to ignore: bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. This is not unique to St. George, as Salt Lake City has a proportionate share.
    The St. George News does a fine job of documenting these “interactions” when the police are involved. The frequency of reporting is only an indicator, since many other near misses do not get reported…..

    • comments May 31, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      I tend to think a whole slew of accidents don’t get reported on just bc there’s so many and so few reporters out doing footwork. I’ve lived a lot of places, so I’ve got a good frame of reference as far as driving in dif cities, and stg drivers are absolutely atrocious. I dont know what it is. Maybe somethin’ in the water? lol

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