Navigational device leads driver directly into two other vehicles

ST. GEORGE — According to police, a distracted driver ran a red light Wednesday morning causing a three-vehicle crash and sending one person to the hospital.

Scene of a three-vehicle collision on Sunset Boulevard and Dixie Downs Road Wednesday morning, St. George, Utah, Aug. 8, 2018 | Photo by Mikayla Shoup, St. George News

The driver of a white Ford F-150 was traveling west on Sunset Boulevard and was distracted by her navigational device and failed to notice that the light was red at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Dixie Downs Road, St. George Police Officer Phil Lewis said.

The truck sideswiped a white Buick Encore and hit a silver Chrysler sedan, both of which were heading south on Dixie Downs Road.

“Kind of swiped across the front of one vehicle and hit one square in the front wheel,” Lewis said.

The female driver of the Chrysler refused medical transport but was driven to Dixie Regional Medical Center by a friend. Police do not know the extent of her injuries.

All drivers appeared to be wearing seat belts. The driver of the truck was issued a citation for failure to obey a traffic signal.

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6 Comments

  • Kilroywashere August 8, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Navigational device, hmmmm. I assume no cellphone was involved based on the story. Or was it a cellphone using a Google driving app? Guess it is irrelevant either way. Just curious I suppose.

    • AnnieMated August 9, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Google Maps or not, this driver deserves the ticket. Most likely she was texting. Utah is far to lenient on enforcing their cell phone law. Nary a day goes by that I don’t have to deal with some retard who thinks he or she can drive and text or make a phone call.

      • comments August 9, 2018 at 10:48 pm

        Finally can agree with ol’ Annie.

  • Redbud August 9, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    It was probably an apple device using Siri. Using apple devices leads to unholy paths of unrighteousness. Repenting and switching to an Android device will mend the way.

    • AnnieMated August 10, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Rant oncoming:
      When it comes to PDA’s I’m an avid Apple user. I have a Windows 10 machine I built for gaming a few years back, but Im Apple basically everywhere else. Over the last few updates Siri has begun to lag behind its competitors when it comes to voice recognition and AI. When I ask for a local restaurant I don’t want to hear about a place in another state. In my humble opinion that’s really the only place it lags behind, though it’s a big let down for me. That said, Apple has designed a very “clean” OS. I like the fact that it is the same (or relatively so) across all Apple devices. Google’s constant changes, cluttered GUI and lack of similarity across platforms is what keeps me away from them. I used to work fixing these phones and dealing with that was a giant pain in the neck.
      Rant over.

      • Redbud August 10, 2018 at 4:12 pm

        Annie fair enough, I have a lot of acquaintances who love their iPhone and other apple products, just poking a little fun since I’m an android guy at heart. I will admit that Apple has pretty much nailed it for consumers who wish to just walk into a store, buy something, turn it on, and it just WORKS. No need to tinker much with anything, it just simply does what it was designed to do. I love android because even though there are more things to tinker with, that’s what I love about it. I love being able to customize, I like when there are huge settings menus with options that would probably confuse most people, I like figuring out how things works and I like fixing things, especially phones and computer stuff. People call me all the time to fix their gadgets because they know I have the ability to do it quickly. I think it’s good that Apple and Android exist so there are different ecosystems that cater to different people. It helps switch things up, and it provides more competition.

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