Driver hits pedestrian in Costco parking lot

A woman is placed on a stretcher after being hit by a car in the parking lot of the Costco on 3050 East in St. George, Utah, Nov. 16, 2018 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A woman was sent to the hospital after she was hit by a driver while walking in a crowded parking lot.

Medical personnel respond to the scene of an auto-pedestrian incident in the parking lot of the Costco on 3050 East in St. George, Utah, Nov. 16, 2018 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

The incident was reported at approximately 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Costco on 3050 East in St. George involving a driver in her early 60s and a pedestrian also in her early 60s.

“The pedestrian was walking on the right side of the parking aisle, and the driver was going down the middle and didn’t see her and bumped her,” St. George Police officer Tiffany Atkin said.

Medical personnel from St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the scene to administer treatment to the pedestrian.

The woman suffered an injury to her left knee. She was placed on a stretcher and loaded onto the ambulance.

The driver did not receive a citation, Atkin said.

The incident happened during a bustling shopping hour when people were busy loading groceries into vehicles and pulling into and out of parking stalls.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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12 Comments

  • tcrider November 16, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    This reminds me of the Albertsons incident a couple years ago where an elderly lady
    was hit by a auto in the pedestrian zone and was transported by
    ambulance to hospital and law enforcement did not issue citation
    because it was private property.

  • Blemonds November 16, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    The story doesn’t make sense. If the pedestrian was on the right side and the driver was in the middle, how did they come in contact? The truth is that people in St George walk right down the middle of the driving lane completely unaware of any traffic behind them. Two of the worst shopping centers are Costco and the Walmart near Costco. The pedestrians in this community are simply rude. There’s no other way to describe it

    • KR567 November 17, 2018 at 6:56 am

      The pedestrians are just as rude as the people driving. There’s no other way to describe it

      • Blemonds November 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm

        Being rude a pedestrian puts one at risk. There’s no other way to describe it

    • Shorm November 17, 2018 at 7:12 am

      Although it can certainly be annoying when pedestrians walk in the middle of the aisle, it isn’t against the law and it doesn’t make it okay to hit them with your car. A little patience goes a long way.

      • DRT November 17, 2018 at 8:43 am

        You saying you’ve never played Pedestrian Polo? It’s a California game. 😉

        • Mike P November 18, 2018 at 10:42 am

          DRT, the difference is, the pedestrians in California are not stupid. This is the only area I’ve ever seen or lived in where it appears “normal” to just walk in front of, or behind a moving vehicle. They see you backing out of a parking space and they just keep walking…….right in the path of a moving vehicle. Kinda like all those “failure to yield” drivers here.

    • Cogent Cat November 17, 2018 at 11:19 am

      I have lived in four states, north to south to west. People do that everywhere not just St George. In general, over the last couple of decades people have gotten ruder about everything they do. It’s the great society.

  • ladybugavenger November 17, 2018 at 8:51 am

    This statement reveals alot!
    “…it isnt against the law…”
    It’s as if a law needs to be made for every act. Oh my goodness, it’s this mentality that causes laws to be made to control people’s behavior.
    Luckily, its private property so it will still be legal for people to walk in the parking lots.
    I can’t wait for black friday.
    People vs Cars
    As a pedestrian walking through a parking lot I am aware of cars around me. I jump out of the way!!!! If I was on my phone, they would probably hit me. It’s like playing that frog game from the 80’s lol

  • mmsandie November 17, 2018 at 9:53 am

    You don’t have to go out on black Friday, it started a few weeks ago, you fill your cart on 5he 8nternet from different stores, push the pay button one minute after midnight Friday and th8ngs get delivered free in a few days.. I use to stand in line 10 yrs ago, not anymore, people shop 70%on internet and sn,5 have to worry about traffic, being robbed etc.. this was an accident that shouldn,t have happened.. I have a back up camera, but people fl6 in parking lots and come into the camera view so fast.. be careful

  • justsaying November 17, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Great place to get hit, you can buy cheap medical supplies just a few feet away. Why bother calling an ambulance? Oh, what’s that? There was a lawyer in the parking lot?

  • utahdiablo November 17, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    The St George Costco is beyond crazy to try to visit unless you get there at 9:45 am most days…when asked about another location being built here in the St George area or Cedar City ( to keep the Crowd from the north happy )….Costco replied, the St George location hasn’t reached capacity yet….WTF???… Build another store already Costco, hell you have plenty of space to use over by SR 7 with 37,164 residents already living in Sun River alone, plus all the traffic you’d get from Mesquite Nevada

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