ST. GEORGE – A motorcycle accident last night claimed the life of a St. George man after the driver of a rental moving truck pulled out in front of the motorcycle.
Sgt. Craig Harding said Robert Crosby, 56, was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Harding said the driver of the rental truck, Robert Giacovelli who was in the process of moving to Florida, was driving northbound on Red Cliffs Drive when he pulled out in front of Crosby who was driving southbound on Red Cliffs Drive by Outback and Sunrise Tire. Harding said the driver of the truck was passing through the area and is not from St. George.
Harding said Crosby was not wearing a helmet while riding his Harley Davidson, however that would not have prevented the terminal injuries.
“His injuries were not related generally to head injuries as much as they were major trauma over many portions of his body,” Harding said.
Harding added that the St. George Police Department has been alarmed at the number of motorcycle, scooter and bicycle accidents lately.
“We need to look twice for motorcycles,” he said. “The general rise in motorcycle and scooter accidents is alarming to us. We need to have better educated drivers. Motorists need to be much more attentive to motorcycles, scooters and bicycles.”
He said he hopes those with motorcycles and scooters will take a defensive driving course. He added that he was in no way critiquing this accident or Crosby.
Last night’s accident shut down River Road until approximately 11:30 p.m. while the Accident Reconstruction Team investigated. Harding said they went out again this morning and saw more marks on the road that were not seen in the dark. He said citations for the driver of the rental truck are pending a review with city and county attorneys.
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