Boy riding bicycle is struck by SUV, taken to hospital

A 14-year-old boy is hit by a Honda CR-V while attempted to cross Riverside Drive on his bicycle, St. George, Utah, Sept. 11, 2018 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A teen riding a bicycle was taken to the hospital following a collision with an SUV while attempting to cross Riverside Drive Tuesday afternoon.

Police and other responders were dispatched to Rio Plaza at 558 E. Riverside Drive around 4:20 p.m. following a report of a boy on his bike being hit by an eastbound Honda CR-V, St. George Police officer Dave McDaniel said.

A 14-year-old boy is taken to Dixie Medical Medical Center after being hit by a Honda CR-V while attempting to cross Riverside Drive on his bicycle, St. George, Utah, Sept. 11, 2018 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Witnesses told police the 14-year-old had been waiting for an opening in the traffic before he began to ride his bike toward Sunland Drive. The driver of an approaching Honda CR-V saw the teen too late and ran into him despite applying the brakes, McDaniel said.

The force of the collision dented the front passenger side of the car as the boy hit a corner of the windshield.

He was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center for care. McDaniel was unable to confirm the extent of his injuries.

The driver of the Honda, a man who appeared to be in his early 20s, was issued a citation for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Although the crosswalk was unmarked, the entrance into the Rio Plaza parking lot is opposite Sunland Drive, creating an intersection and the accompanying “unmarked” crosswalks.

“Pretty much any intersection is a crosswalk,” McDaniel said.

The red circle shows the general location where a 14-year-old boy on his bicycle was hit by a Honda CR-V while crossing the roadway, St. George, Utah, Sept. 11, 2018 | Image courtesy of Google Maps, St. George News

Under Utah law, a pedestrian “owns their side of the road” when they use a crosswalk, marked or otherwise, McDaniel said. When they step off the curb and into the street to cross, they own the right of way on that side of the road and traffic is required to stop until the pedestrian has passed.

Conversely, traffic on the opposite side of the roadway can still pass by until the pedestrian enters that side.

The law in regard to school crosswalks changed earlier this year as traffic on all lanes must stop until the pedestrian is completely out of the road. It doesn’t matter if a crossing guard is present or not, McDaniel said.

Read more: Law enforcement increases attention to school zones, reminds drivers – and pedestrians – of crosswalk laws

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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  • LunchboxHero September 12, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Poor kid, hope he’s okay. I feel bad for everyone. This sounds like truly an accident.

  • DB September 12, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Somehow, the driver gets blamed for most of these incidents. Depending on the timing of any particular occurrence, there may be plenty of blame to be spread around, especially at an unmarked, though legal crosswalk. In this case, the driver was cited right away and I don’t have all the facts.

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  • Ridic September 12, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    I believe the driver of the car is mostly at fault with this accident, but my issue is that the article clearly states that this young man was riding his bike in the crosswalk. I was always taught that you walk your bike in a crosswalk or even carry your skateboard or whatever form of transportation you are using. There is a reason it is called a crosswalk and not a cross ride or even a cross run.

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