Driver cited for running red light; injures other driver in collision

ST. GEORGE — A man driving a Ford Bronco was cited for failure to stop at a traffic signal Tuesday afternoon after he reportedly ran a red light and crashed into the driver’s side of a Jeep Cherokee.

St. George Police Officer Jamison Hale said the man driving the Cherokee was starting to make a left turn from northbound North Mall Drive onto westbound Red Cliffs Drive at about 2 p.m. when his car was struck by the 1996 Ford Bronco, which was heading east on Red Cliffs Drive.

“The light turned red, he (the Bronco driver) didn’t stop in time,” Hale said. “He went through the intersection and T-boned the 2003 Jeep Cherokee.”

St. George Police Officer Jamison Hale issues a citation to the driver of a Ford Bronco after the vehicle collided with a Jeep Cherokee at the intersection of Red Cliffs Drive and North Mall Drive St. George, Utah, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

After the collision, both drivers were able to drive their vehicles to the nearby parking lot of Red Cliffs Mall, where they waited for emergency personnel to respond.

The driver of the Cherokee complained of upper body pain and was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center by ambulance. His injuries were not believed to be serious. The Bronco driver was uninjured and remained at the scene, where he tried to detach his front bumper to prevent it from rubbing against the front tires. Although both vehicles sustained noticeable damage, neither needed to be towed from the scene, Hale said.

The officer said another driver who witnessed the accident told him the driver of the Bronco did not stop for the red light.

As a general word of caution, Hale said drivers should make sure an intersection is clear of cross traffic before proceeding through it, regardless of the light’s color or whether it just changed.

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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3 Comments

  • mctrialsguy September 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    St. George, “T-Bone” capital. No one pays attention anymore, no common sense, don’t look, don’t pay attention, driving zombies…I swear….

  • Caveat_Emptor September 19, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    This is ironic, in many ways.
    Who would have thought that an SUV driver in St. George would have to drive defensively………..that has been reserved for motorcyclists and bicyclists, until now.
    There go our automobile insurance rates….

  • utahdiablo September 20, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Guess the Red light wasn’t red enough….we need to double the police force with impact fees for all the new homes being built here….start writing tickets for this Mr Policeman…heck, just hang out at Greensprings intersection, you’ll fill you ticketbooks everyday

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