Riverside Dr. – River Road Intersection; driver runs light, ricochets into wall

Accident at intersection of Riverside and River Road, St. George, Utah, Nov. 19, 2013 | Photo by Drew Allred, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Two cars were damaged in an accident at the intersection of River Road and Riverside Drive around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The driver of a black Pontiac Grand Am traveling east on Riverside Drive, reportedly ran a red light for an unknown reason, St. George Police Sgt. David Williams said. When the driver realized he had run the light, Williams said, he slammed on his brakes causing his car to skid into a blue Honda Accord that was stopped at the intersection. The Grand Am ricocheted off the side of the Accord and went head first into a thick cement block retaining wall adjacent to the sidewalk along River Road.

The impact crushed the front end of the Grand Am and a couch-sized block of the cement wall was raised up by the impact.

Both cars were were towed from the scene. There were no major injuries reported and no ambulance transports.

Airbags were deployed in the Grand Am and the young adult man who had been driving the Grand Am sustained some bumps and bruises, Williams said. He did have a bandage around his arm at the elbow and told the officer that he has a medical condition, Williams said, but it was not determined whether or not that condition had anything to do with him running the red light. The driver of the Grand Am was cited in the incident.

The Utah Highway Patrol, St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance Service worked together to clear the scene.

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  • Betty November 20, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Medical condition? Just because he had a bandage around his elbow… Sounds more like he just left the Biolife plasma place. Seems like a lot of accidents happen at that intersection. Maybe SGPD should focus some attention to that area.

    • tama November 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      That intersection is terrible. almost been killed there many.times by elderly and single mothers making a right turn onto Riverside heading South on River Road. They seem to have total disregard for oncoming traffic from East Riverside and could care less when making those turns. Something definitely needs to be done like maybe no turn on red light. Get a camera there and watch it happen daily throughout. ..Someone is going to die there soon.

  • Zeke November 20, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Why should the police focus attention there? Sounds like the people operating the vehicles need to start focusing their attention as they approach this intersection. There is nothing the police can do to prevent cars from running into each other.

  • DoubleTap November 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Running a red light??? Really??? That’s about the most normal thing I’ve seen here in St. George. Especially when drivers are coming up to a red light to make a right turn, some don’t even bother to slow down at all, just go right thru the red and make the turn.
    Second most normal with drivers, especially among “young adult” men and women, is the constant texting. I have observed the young adults steer their vehicles with their knees while holding the phone and text. I have seen them look up and swerve to return to their lane, or just in time to slam on the brakes at red lights.
    Be advised that I DO get license plate numbers and call law enforcement to report these distracted drivers. The police simply thank me for calling and tell me they wished more drivers would report these violations. If the law abiding drivers of this city did just that more often, we could avoid the fate that met the couple that were hit by a car that was hit by a 40 something female drive causing the death of the male walking with his wife. Beware “young adults”…..I WILL report you if I see texting and driving. Just ask the young woman that I spoke to while she was texting while at a red light, after she told me to F off and mind my own business and kept on texting after the light turned green. Next intersection we came to …she was red lighted herself.

  • My Evil Twin November 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Medical condition = Brain damaged and blind? Or just plain stupid. . .

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