Thirsty driver’s sip leads to SUV flip

Distracted driving causes SUV to roll onto its side at 212 N. 22940 E. St. George, Utah, June 8, 2014 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A Honda Pilot SUV flipped over onto its side in the middle of 212 N. 2940 E. in St. George Sunday afternoon after the driver was momentarily distracted and hit into a car parked on the side of the road.

“The driver was going down the street, got distracted drinking a bottle of water,” St. George Police Officer Jud Callaway said, “and veered over and hit the parked vehicle and went onto its side.”

The woman driving was alone in her vehicle when she hit the Toyota Corolla parked along the residential street at approximately 6:52 p.m.

Though the streets were filled with people in the aftermath of the ordeal, no one was around to witness what occurred at the time of the collision.

The driver was cited for careless driving, Callaway said.

No injuries were reported but both vehicles were towed from the scene.

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

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  • Mark June 8, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I am pretty sure it wasn’t water she was reaching for, I always have water with me and I don’t need to look at it, now if I was looking at my phone to see a text or who called or to make a call……boom

    • Sam June 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      It actually was a water bottle. I can say, from experience, that I’ve been distracted reaching for a drink in my car.

  • Dickweed June 8, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    They should have shot the dumb …* at the scene…
    Ed. ellipsis …*

    • Sam June 9, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Excuse me, but I’m pretty sure you don’t know the whole story or the driver. I do. Shut up and keep your stupid comments to yourself

      • JOSH DALTON June 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm

        you are excused. If I had kids they could have been playing on that street. Is that “stupid” no name calling on STG News unless your bagging on the LDS. I guess it would have been ok if the girl was honest about the fact she hit a ghost hole!

  • SSfreeze June 9, 2014 at 6:45 am

    My thoughts exactly Mark, this explanation does not pass the smell test.

  • GEICO GECKO June 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Distracted by a water bottle?????

  • zzzz June 9, 2014 at 11:05 am


    • JOSH DALTON June 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      yup! I know its not right to profile…but look at the vehicle occupants. I hope the cops look deeper into this. they would if it was a DUI investigation.

  • motox June 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Funny how ppl are so quick to assume and judge, it’s always about drugs and alcohol, interesting, if it were anything of that sort you idiots, do you think perhaps she would have been arrested? Get the facts and story straight. If it was texting and driving, they have ways to figure that out as well.ppl do make mistakes or maybe not you pampas …, stupid idiots, glad you seem to think your perfect
    Ed. ellipsis.

  • Glock June 9, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I’m confident in saying that we can blame the Mormons, Obama, and all guns for this.

  • Miquel Celese June 9, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I am happy to hear no one was hurt.

  • Dolly June 9, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Bet she drinks before she drives next time…

  • jakehart123 June 9, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    It was an older woman that was driving that rolled the car. It was my neighbors mother. This happened a few doors down from my house. She said she was putting her drink back into the drink holder and looked up just as she clipped the rear end of the black toyota and it rolled her. It’s amazing what can happen under 20 mph.

  • Rachel June 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Meh. Just push it back over and keep going… oh, wait… it isn’t a Jeep.

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