Driver blows past stop sign in downtown St. George, smashing into car

ST. GEORGE — A driver smashed into another car when she failed to stop at a stop sign in St. George Monday afternoon, according to police.

The side of a Mazda sedan is damaged after a T-bone crash on Tabernacle Street in St. George, Utah, July 9, 2018 | Photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News

The driver in a Toyota Sequoia had just left Swig and was traveling south on 300 West at about 12:45 p.m, St. George Police officer Dave McDaniel said. As she passed through the intersection of Tabernacle Street, she smashed into the side of an eastbound Mazda sedan, causing it to spin around and end up in the street gutter. Airbags were deployed, but no one was injured, McDaniel said.

“She did not see the stop sign and ran the stop sign at full speed,” McDaniel said.

Both cars were so heavily damaged, they were towed from the scene. The woman driving the Sequoia was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.

Gold Cross Ambulance and St. George Fire Department also responded to the scene. This report is based on statements from police or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • NickDanger July 9, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    I’ve said this in this comments section before but it bears repeating: The stop signs in “downtown” St. George, or to be more strictly accurate, in the residential neighborhood adjacent to downtown, are poorly-conceived and frequently blocked from view by parked vehicles.

    I figure that, once upon a time, when St. George was not so thriving and there were only long-time locals here, it probably wasn’t a big problem. I myself have only been here 2 years but I know the neighborhood now and I don’t have to see a stop sign to know it’s there anymore.

    But there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the progression of stop signs – some streets have almost no stops whereas others have a stop every other street – then there are streets where there is no real pattern to the stop signs at all.

    Point being, it’s confusing and dangerous, particularly to out-of-towners, or to locals who are approaching the same intersection as an out-of-towner. I don’t feel I have to offer much evidence that I’m correct about this, the frequent t-bone collisions and even more frequent near-misses in that neighborhood, which happens to be where I live, speak for themselves.


    1. Eliminate street parking within a certain distance of the stop signs.
    2. Arrange the stop signs in a more regular and logical pattern.
    3. OR hang blinking red lights across the intersections so there can be no question of everyone seeing the approaching stop.

    • mesaman July 9, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      Well organized and well written. That covers it.

  • ladybugavenger July 9, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Amen! They are hard to see if your new in town. I also found tree branches obstruct the view of the stop sign.

  • Kilroywashere July 9, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Nickdanget, perhaps you are correct but not 100%. There is a blatant disregard for stop signs by some local residents. Just under 2 years ago I presented the Santa Clara city council with a safety initiative targeting locals ignoring stop signs. Knowing this wasn’t enough, I also contacted a local Mormon bishop. (not Mormon by the way) and put forth my observations. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems folks are respecting stop signs in my part of town nowadays. It is now less dangerous to pull out of my driveway. My next door neighbor almost got hit at one point, because we are 2 blocks from a stop sign, and if someone blows through it, you cannot rely on your original visual judgement as you pull out, and the blind spot of your vehicle blocks the view regardless. So if said person is speeding in a residential, (not uncommon) there is little you can do from a proactive standpoint. So yes signs could be netter managed, but tbere is no doubt some folk do not respect stop signs in general. Sad but true.

  • mmsandie July 10, 2018 at 8:43 am

    My friend has a stop sign near her house and she has to trim it all the time…if you go on 400 east opp. The old hospitol the big tree has a large off shoot huge, and when you drive by the leaves touch the top of your car, it’s so dangerous the tree is so old, if the
    branch falls off it will kill someone..

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