Missing man found alive after spending night in crashed car

ST. GEORGE – A missing 76-year-old man was found alive Monday morning in the driver’s seat of his vehicle which had slammed into a wall and down an embankment that was not visible from the road.

Officers took a report of a missing person around 1 a.m. Monday morning after a man had left home and not returned, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said. Police began looking to see where the man had gone, but were unable to locate him.

“Today, we responded to a report of a traffic accident on Black Ridge Drive,” Despain said. “This gentleman was found to have crashed his vehicle on Black Ridge Drive near 1700 S.”

After a preliminary investigation, authorities said they believe that the man had crashed his vehicle sometime Sunday afternoon, and was not found until Monday morning, Despain said.

“Where this car ended up is not visible from the road,” Despain Said. “(The man) had gone off the roadway and crashed his car into a brick wall. This morning someone walking by saw the car, saw that he was in there, and called for help.”

The man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George via Gold Cross Ambulance with non life-threatening injuries. Lifeflight had been paged out, but when emergency responders got to the man, they found he was awake and responsive.

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  • DAVE RABBITT September 22, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    While I am very happy to have read that this elderly man suffered no life threatening injuries – Why is there no mention that he received a citation, for “failure to operate within a single lane” – and no mention of the monetary damage to the brick (block) wall, or evidence of a blown right-front tire? 😉

  • DAVE RABBITT September 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Posted this on Facebook, as well:
    My intention is never “to pick a fight”, but rather to make people think: Why is it OK for one to be held accountable for his/her action(s), but not OK to hold another accountable, for the same action(s)? Does your age, gender, or current political / religious affiliation have anything to do with one’s “accountability”? Don’t get me wrong, as I am being hypocritical, by automatically feeling sorry for this elderly man – because of his age. However – it makes me wonder why (3 days ago) a 19-year-old man was issued a citation for colliding with a guardrail, yet this elderly gentleman was not? And why do I “automatically” feel remorse for one, yet did not, for the other? … Morosely contemplating this.

    • Koolaid September 23, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Imagine if he had taken out a bicyclist or a pedestrian or worse yet, a dog or cat. Can’t you already hear the uproar?

  • Joanna September 23, 2014 at 7:05 am

    That must have been scary…thank goodness he was okay!

  • JOSH DALTON (INCOGNEGRO) September 23, 2014 at 7:44 am

    I saw this car on the way to work. I figured somebody had already called the police. i feel bad now! I left that man for dead! I also don’t carry a cell phone, so that is my only excuse. GO FALCONS!

  • Beerbelly September 23, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I hope the elderly gentleman is well.
    How come this accident is reported but there is no mention of the motorcycle accident on 100 South and 1200 East about 3:00 PM yesterday? Is this website discriminating against those of us that ride motorcycles?
    I am very disappointed to say the least!!!

    • Cami Cox Jim September 23, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      I replied twice to your question regarding this on two other articles, but I will reply here, too. 🙂 We absolutely do not discriminate against motorcyclists. We’ve had a reporter looking into this since it happened yesterday. The information has been slow coming back to us about it, but we’re hoping to have a story up tomorrow (Wednesday).

  • Koolaid September 23, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Should have been cited for unable to maintain lane control.

    • that guy September 23, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Your just lucky that there is no laws for being stupid, because you would be serving a life sentence…
      By the way does your mommy know your using her computer again?

      • Koolaid September 23, 2014 at 4:09 pm

        Stupid? Did you note the number of grammatical errors in your post? Were you home stooled, because your post suggests you have SFBs (*something* For Brains).

  • Curious September 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Did he make it to Denny’s?

  • SSfreeze September 23, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Well played KOOLAID, well played.

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