Driver hospitalized after being extricated from vehicle involved in crash near Sand Hollow Reservoir

A motorcycle rider was seriously injured Tuesday evening following a collision with an SUV on Riverside Drive in St. George. Following the crash, a would-be Good Samaritan who stopped to render aid had a heart attack. Shortly after 5:50 p.m. at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Foremaster Drive, a 36-year-old woman driving an SUV began to turn left from Riverside Drive to get onto Foremaster Drive, St. George Police Officer Tiffany Mitchell said. As the SUV moved it collided with a westbound motorcycle that was heading straight through the intersection on Riverside Drive. The light for the Riverside Drive portion of the intersection was yellow at the time, according to witness statements, Mitchell said, and added the motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The collision caused the motorcycle’s rider, an 18-year-old woman, to be ejected from the motorcycle. She received a serious wound to one of her legs that required a responding police officer to apply a tourniquet to in order to slow blood loss as they waited for the ambulance to arrive, Mitchell said. In addition to the motorcycle rider’s injury, a man who stopped to render aid to the rider experienced a heart attack and collapsed at the scene. Officers conducted CPR on the man who appeared to have no pulse for at least a minute’s time before officers were able to revive him, Mitchell said. Both the motorcycle rider and would-be Good Samaritan were taken to St. George Regional Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance. The SUV driver was cited for failure to yield at an intersection, Mitchell said. The crash scene was cleared by 6:50 p.m. This report is based on information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

ST. GEORGEAfter pulling off State Route 7 to assist a motorist stuck in the sand nearby, a 28-year-old local man attempted a U-turn in his 2002 Toyota Tundra when his vehicle was struck by another truck traveling westbound, police say.

A satellite map showing the approximate location of the Tuesday evening crash on SR-7, Washington County, Utah, Nov. 16, 2021 | Photo courtesy of Google Maps, St. George News

Utah Highway Patrol, Hurricane City Police and the Hurricane Valley Fire District responded to the crash shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday as several injuries were reported.

“The 28-year-old male sustained serious injuries and was transported to the hospital by ambulance, though the extent of his injuries are still unknown at this time,” said Trooper Jeff Adams with the Utah Highway Patrol. “[He] was stuck in the vehicle for some time and had to be extricated by fire personnel.”

The second vehicle, a 2021 Ford F150, was driven by a 41-year-old man that sustained minor injuries, Adams said. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, and airbags deployed in the F150 while those in the T-boned Tundra did not deploy.

There were no other passengers in either vehicle. Both trucks sustained severe damage and were towed from the scene. The full circumstances of the crash are still under investigation, but police indicated that the incident was probably caused by the younger driver’s illegal U-turn.

“The driver of the Toyota Tundra will be issued a citation for the illegal U-turn, but impairment is also being looked at as a factor in the crash,” Adams said. “When you’re on a two-lane road and you have a double-yellow line separating lanes, it is illegal to make U-turns. If you are in an area with a double-yellow line just go down to the next exit and make the turn around safely.”

For illustrative purposes only: a stretch of State Route 7 (Southern Parkway) near Sand Hollow Reservoir, Washington County, Utah, May 9, 2021 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Adams said there were no obstructions or curves in the road along that part of the road, so it’s likely the younger driver didn’t check to see if there was oncoming traffic before he tried to turn around and head in the direction of Washington City.

Police closed a stretch of Southern Parkway for two hours while first responders assisted the injured motorists and cleared the scene. Since the crash occurred at a fairly busy time, police redirected quite a bit of traffic as commuters were traveling along SR-7.

Adams said the motorist that had been assisted by the younger man had already left prior to the crash.

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

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