Driver runs into group of children in crosswalk after failing to yield

Officials respond to the scene where children were hit by a car that failed to yield while turning right onto Dixie Drive in St. George, Utah, Oct. 23, 2018 | Photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A driver who police say failed to yield ran into a group of children Tuesday evening, injuring one of them enough to be transported to the hospital on an ambulance.

Officials respond to the scene where children were hit by a car that failed to yield while turning right onto Dixie Drive in St. George, Utah, Oct. 23, 2018 | Photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News

The group of four children were walking on a crosswalk on Dixie Drive while a man driving a sedan was turning right from Sunset Boulevard at about 7:15 p.m., St. George Police officer Jace Hutchings said. The car struck at least two of the girls in the group, while another boy in the group was able to jump back just in time, Hutchings said.

“Our witnesses say one of the girls flew in the air after getting hit,” Hutchings said. “I don’t know exactly how far she went.”

Drinks that the children were holding while crossing the roadway were splattered across the pavement after the collision.

Three Gold Cross ambulances and the St. George Fire Department responded to the scene.

One of the children injured from the impact, who Hutchings said was around the age of 12, was transported to the hospital on one of the ambulances. She had pain in her elbow and shoulder, but police did not know how serious her injuries were at the time of this report.

Another 12-year-old girl who was injured from the impact was feeling pain in her hip and on both sides of her face, but she was not transported to the hospital.

The driver will most likely receive a citation for failure to yield, Hutchings said. He said the driver admitted to police that he hit the children because he didn’t see them. The driver didn’t receive any injuries and his car wasn’t damaged from the impact.

The map below shows the approximate location of the collision.

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10 Comments

  • sheepobserver October 24, 2018 at 5:22 am

    Could have been a lot worse. Seems like more than a “citation” is in order for the driver, but maybe the kids weren’t white enough to deem that necessary. Was the person driving while old? Driving while texting? Distracted driving? and if there’s no “reason”, do we want a person who can’t see pedestrians back on the road with only a citation? Hmm…….

    St. George drivers, the solution to the coming caravan of immigrants.

  • Proud Rebel October 24, 2018 at 8:53 am

    That driver would be facing much more than a ticket, if one of those kids happened to be mine. In fact, the law would be the least of that driver’s worry.

  • ScanMeister October 24, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Injuries sometime do not manifest themselves til later. Need to be monitored. Call injury attorney if significant. Don’t deal direct with insurance companies…..they are not on your side and want to sign you off as cheap as they can.

  • LunchboxHero October 24, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    I always worry when I see children walking or biking in that area, bc drivers are just not careful. They’re more concerned about beating the light than watching out for the lives of others. Wishing a speedy recovery to the kids involved.

  • JOSH DALTON October 24, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    THIS IS STARTING TO GET OUT OF HAND! I had to explain the law to a driver the other day who blew through a crosswalk with a child in it. The next time I will use my firearm to shoot the tires out. I didn’t want to rock the boat, but I think I will. If in fact a white child got hit by a Hispanic driver in the crosswalk, all hell would have broken loose. Trump would have tried to build a wall around Dixie Downs! GO FALCONS!

  • Scott October 24, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    I don’t know what could prevent this. We need to change our culture of always being in a hurry. I hope the driver sees a hefty bump in his insurance rates.

  • Kilroywashere October 24, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Change the culture? Few in this town give a damn. I’ve tried. I’ve written initiatives and presented to my local city council. I have written several letters to the editor. Google AWAKENED DRIVING or DECONSTRUCTIVE DRIVING. see what comes up first on the largest search engine on the planet. Sadly until an incident of horrific magnitude occurs, and it will at this rate at some point in the future based on probability, (ask the SC City Council if they took the time to even read my written submission a year and a half ago) the politicians will continue to ignore the problem. Safety is about proactive response, and maintaining the rule of law. Act local / think global – I contacted a local LDS Bishop last year and that helped in my neighborhood where stop signs seemed to be invisible and ignored as a norm at the time. So you can affect change, if you get the buy-in of the community. Wasn’t easy, and it was the first time I ever really interacted with the JC -LDS church. The Bishop loved my rock art, lol. Nice guy.

  • utahdiablo October 24, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Hit me in a crosswalk … and I’ll sue your freakin … off
    Ed. ellipses

  • mmsandie October 26, 2018 at 10:14 am

    We don’t, know all the facts, yes the driver should have yield, but I am a this intersection all the time, kids run across. And don,t push the. Crosswalk button, they always go against the light. Just like Bluff st, kids run across to get food at jimmy johns a l7nch, they never go near the crosswalk,, they should eat. at. school.. don,t blame drivers all the time,, just like the college.. they put ina light and kids still run across to seminary when ever they want, so don,t blame the drivers all the time

    • Kilroywashere October 26, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Nah, let’s blame the kids. In fact let’s blame. Not me oh no! MMSAMDIE do you use your cellphone when driving on occasion? If so, it is illegal under Utah law and you are putting the lives of others (drivers, pedestrians, and fellow passengers) in danger by operating a vehicle in a distracted state of mind, analogous to drinking 3+ x 3 2% beers. If you never drive while using your cellphone then you are exceptional and a responsible human being in regards to driving locally. Only you know the answer. Regardless if pedestrians go AWOL, or a blind person is using a crosswalk, you are the person most responsible as you have a 2 ton piece of machinery under your control. If you can’t get that concept, and want to blame pedestrians then you are exactly the source of the problem. Blame, blame, blame and DO NOTHING.

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