ST. GEORGE — A student was sent to the hospital Monday evening after being hit by a car while he was walking on the Southern Utah University campus.
Cedar City Police responded to the incident involving a 17-year-old male SUU student who was hit by a woman driving a four-door Saturn at the intersection of 200 South and 500 West in Cedar City at approximately 7:20 p.m.
In a statement to Cedar City News, SUU Marketing Communication Director Nikki Koontz said the student was crossing the crosswalk between the Gerald R. Sherratt Library and the Eccles Living Learning Center.
Witnesses at the scene told police the driver was looking at her phone when she hit the student, Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack said.
Medical personnel from Gold Cross Ambulance transported the teen to Cedar City Hospital.
The student was treated for minor injuries, Koontz said, adding that he was released from the hospital and is back on campus and will be returning to class.
“Student safety is our primary concern,” SUU Vice President for Student Affairs Jared Tippets said in the university’s statement. “We ask all drivers to slow down and be aware of their surroundings especially near campus.”
The woman received a citation for distracted driving, Womack said.
Southern Utah University Police also responded to assist at the scene.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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