Another missed stop sign leads to 3-vehicle collision

The aftermath of the accident that occurred in the intersection of 200 West and 100 South in St. George, Utah, Sept. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — After running a stop sign, a woman driving a white Jeep crashed into two vehicles Wednesday morning at the intersection of 200 West and 100 South in St. George.

Just before 9 a.m., the woman in the Jeep was traveling southbound on 200 West and failed to halt at the stop sign on 100 South. As she continued southbound through the intersection, the front of her Jeep struck a silver Mazda traveling eastbound on 200 West that was occupied by one woman driver, St. George Police Officer Scott Cleveland said.

“She said she didn’t know there was a stop sign on 100 South,” Cleveland said.

The aftermath of the accident that occurred in the intersection of 200 West and 100 South in St. George, Utah, Sept. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News
The aftermath of the accident that occurred in the intersection of 200 West and 100 South in St. George, Utah, Sept. 17, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

The impact forced the Mazda to veer off the road and collide into a tree on the south side of 100 South. The Jeep spun 180 degrees counterclockwise south and crashed into a white SUV, driven by a woman with a child and a baby in the back seat; the SUV was facing north and was stopped at a stop sign, Cleveland said.

St. George Fire Department, Gold Cross Ambulance and St. George Police responded to the scene. Northbound traffic was blocked on 200 West for about an hour.

The driver of the Jeep was cited for not stopping at a stop sign, and the Mazda was towed, Cleveland said.

“This happens a lot, where people don’t see stop signs,” he said. “Be conscientious while you’re driving.”

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

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  • Just Passing Through.... September 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    How in the … do you not see a stop sign? My goodness! Pay attention to your road signs. If this person would have hit me with my son in the car… Heaven help her! Pay attention while driving, or don’t drive at all. It’s that simple!
    Ed. ellipsis.

  • Wilbur September 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    …maybe a lotta trees need trimmin’?…

  • Opie September 17, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I ride a motorcycle. This has made me much more aware of how people drive and what they are doing while they drive. It is unbelievable how many people speed, text, talk, do makeup and just generally don’t pay attention when they should be driving. If one of these people runs a stop sign and hits me…. they better hope I can’t get up.

  • Beerbelly September 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Unfortunately, the City has allowed Tree and Shrub growth to obscure Stop Signs all over the old part of St. George. However, common sense and a little attention should still allow somebody plenty of time to stop if they are traveling the posted 25 mph speed limit in these areas.
    Again I say “Slow down, hang up your phone, stop texting and smoking ad Drive!” You are operating a potentially deadly weapon, act like it people!!!

    • Koolaid October 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      I have to agree with you about the obscured street signs. However, the speed limit is 25 mph through residential areas, not 125 mph. Drivers are supposed to pay attention to their driving, not their text messages.

  • Robb Willie September 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Put the phone DOWN.

  • JAR September 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Looking at the statistical data,
    I summit that a restriction should be placed on all woman drivers in So. Utah. for (afternoon driving only) and of course, the deactivation of their cell phones when their vehicle is started and (applying makeup while driving too, is a No No).

  • Jack September 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Well, I think the 3 ft dia. stop signs around STG are just not big enough anymore. The city probably needs to use 5-6 ft dia. signs with flashing neon lights all around them so people can start seeing them.

  • Koolaid September 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Was she distracted by her burning bosoms ablaze?

  • indy-vfr September 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I’ve seen several cars run thru a red light at 100S & Main. You’ve got to expect anything in St George!

    • Zonkerb September 17, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      100 S and Main is a good place Not to be

  • Bobber September 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    My bishop told me that if you’re worthy enough you can run all the stop signs you want and the Lord will protect you.

  • killjoy September 17, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Rude drivers are not just in StG anymore. I was in Kanab just the other day and I was at the stop light by Glazier’s trying to turn left to uptown. There were 2 cars headed west & I was behind a car that was also turning when the light turned green. Nobody moved cause there were 3 cars that went east bound from the south turning lane. 2 if not all 3 cars that went through went when the light was red. Pissed me off big time!
    !!!!RED MEANS STOP!!!! NOT go just because you can.

  • DB September 17, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Perhaps the silver Mazda was traveling east on 100 South? (hate to nitpick)…It’s no excuse, BUT with the ultra-wide streets in the older part of town, that little old stop sign way off to the right isn’t exactly in your field of view, especially if you’re unfamiliar with our area. Of course, there is the big white limit line going across your lane at the stop point.

  • Zonkerb September 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I just live down the street from there and I watched some idiot run the stop sign and hit the Sun Tram bus and kept talking on her cell phone until the police got there LMAO

  • JSD September 18, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Stop sign or not, one should always slow on approach to an intersection and look for oncoming traffic. It’s just common sense…something this person is sorely lacking.

  • jetboss September 18, 2014 at 6:36 am

    It wasnt her fault by the look of the jeep it was the other persons fault

  • Patchiz September 18, 2014 at 7:43 am

    The 100 south 200 west corner coming from the southbound on 200 west is not a usual corner. There are always beautiful shrubbery, tall flowers and large vehicles parked on and around that corner. We have seen an elderly gentleman working on the shrubbery from time to time, he does not appear to be in top health. We do not almost run the stop sign there, we do tend to stop behind the sign and then creep forward to see around the vehicles and flora.

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