Collision of car and moped injures two teenagers

ST. GEORGE – A collision between a car and a moped Wednesday evening resulted in two teens being transported to the hospital.

Around 6:30 p.m., first responders were dispatched to the intersection of 500 East and 200 South in St. George following the collision. What they found were two male teens on the ground next two a yellow and white moped that had had the front of it smashed to pieces.

Two teen boys were injured and taken to the hospital following a moped-car collision at the intersection of 500 East and 200 South in St. George. The teens, who were riding the moped, were thrown off and injured when they collided with a Kia Optima passing through the intersection, St. George, Utah, Aug. 23, 2017 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Nearby was a black Kia Optima with a sizable dent from the impact located in the area of the front passenger door.

The Kia, driven by a 28-year-old woman, had been eastbound on 200 South when she stopped at a stop sign for a short time, yet failed to yield to the northbound moped when she entered the intersection, St. George Police Office Lona Trombley said.

“She stated she stopped but she did not see them until it was too late,” Trombley said.

On the moped were two boys, 17 and 15. The 17-year-old was the driver and the 15-year-old was the passenger.

The teens were thrown from the moped on impact and received “significant injuries,” Trombley said. Both were taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

The Kia’s driver was subsequently cited for failure to yield after a stop.

The intersection was blocked for around 45 minutes or so as responders dealt with the scene.

The St. George Police and Fire departments and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the incident.

This report is based on statements from emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • comments August 24, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I know it looks goofy, but if ur gonna ride one of these 2-wheel death traps buy yourself a florescent colored jacket or vest. The “I just didn’t see him” excuse is the most common death for riders.

  • mctrialsguy August 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Face it, car drivers are no longer paying attention, to much social media to catch up on the phone. Driving is a good time to do that. Everyone is just to busy and distracted to pay attention these days. The scooter was Yellow & White, boy that’s are hard colors to miss….oh, wait…she didn’t miss.

  • DRT August 24, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    There is a red eight sided sign, with white letters that say “STOP.” They don’t say slow down, then floor it, they don’t say hesitate, they don’t say ooze. They say “STOP.” Now then, isn’t that a novel idea? But a very simple concept. Now, if you do come to a full and complete “STOP” and bother to look both directions, there is much less chance of “not seeing” anything from a pedestrian to a semi truck. In fact, check both directions twice. From a full “STOP.”
    As I said, it is a simple concept. You are not in too much of a hurry to do that. You think it “takes too much time?” Well, how about the time spent at the accident scene, and often the hospital?
    Put your stupid electronic devices aside, and ignore them while driving. Oh yeah, get your head out of your butt as well.

  • jaltair August 24, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    The younger adult set drives like they’re on computer games, taking way too many chances, … add to that use of devices while driving or kids crying, and it can be lethal to be on a road with them.

    I hope the kids are okay and recover quickly. Might be cause for legal action against the driver of the car (?). I hope the kids were wearing helmets, didn’t see any mention.

  • Caveat_Emptor August 25, 2017 at 9:16 am

    1. Unclear if these kids were wearing helmets.
    2. Even though they had the right of way, it did not save them…..

    As a bicycle and motorcycle rider in Washington County, I can speak from experience, we are at risk all of the time. Automobile drivers, distracted or not, ignore us. The only way to avoid showing up in the accident statistics is to ride defensively, every day.

    These modestly powered scooters are a cost-effective form of transportation. Between wearing helmets, and cautiously navigating the streets around town, these riders could stay safe.

    • comments August 25, 2017 at 11:15 am

      I don’t know. I’d say if one rides long enough and for enough miles, odds are riding 2-wheels will eventually get you killed or seriously hurt. What did it for me was a nail in the road and a blown tire–no crash or anything, but i realized when I’d eventually get in a serious crash it would most likely be something out of my control. In your 20s it’s not a risk you think about. Guess I”m gettin’ old tho, haha 😉

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