Police: Driver mistaking gas pedal for brakes leads to collision

The aftermath of a collision in the area of 170 South and 1470 East in St. George, Utah, Dec. 17, 2018 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Police say a driver mistaking the gas pedal for the brake caused a collision on 1470 East in St. George Monday afternoon.

The red circle marks the location of a traffic collision in the area of 170 South and 1470 East in St. George, Utah | Image courtesy of Google Maps, St. George News

Around 2:45 p.m., St. George Police officers and other emergency responders were sent the area of 170 South and 1470 East in response to a pickup truck versus passenger car collision with possible injuries.

The pickup’s driver was pulling out of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel parking lot and noticed the oncoming passenger car on 1470 East, St. George Police Sgt. Tyrell Bangerter said. While intending to place his foot on the brake and stop, Bangerter said the pickup’s driver put his foot on the gas pedal and shot out into the roadway where he hit the passenger car.

The collision left the front of the passenger car heavily damaged and inoperable in the road, while the pickup remained drivable and was pulled over the side of the road.

The woman driving the passenger car was placed in an ambulance and checked out by paramedics. She complained of minor injuries caused by the car’s seat belt and airbag deployment, Bangerter said.

A dog was also in the car with the woman and survived the crash.

The pickup truck’s driver was cited for failure to yield.

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1 Comment

  • Mike P December 18, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Sorry, but if you’re “mistaking” (?) the gas pedal for the brake pedal, you shouldn’t be driving a motor vehicle. Now, if you’re just using that as the excuse for causing this accident, I’m sure the local authorities have NEVER heard that one before.

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