ST. GEORGE — Two different businesses in St. George are currently repairing damages after cars came crashing in this week.
On Wednesday, a 15-year-old girl with a learner’s permit crashed a car into the front entrance of Dairy Queen, located at 682 N. Dixie Drive in St. George.
The girl’s mother, Valerie Memmott, said her daughter was trying to put the car into park but accidentally stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake.
“When she did that … (the car) jumped up over the curb and went right through the front doors,” Memmott said.
While some might not take damage to their business pleasantly, Memmott said the staff at Dairy Queen handled the situation well, making the-not-so-happy event a little easier for her and her daughter.
“The nice thing is that all the employees were really kind,” Memmott said. “The owners came out and they were very kind (considering) the situation.”
Terri Webster, the owner of the Dairy Queen, said she was understanding about the incident and that almost everyone has a similar sort of story. Sometimes accidents just happen, she said.
Because of the damage to the restaurant’s entrance, the area has been boarded up until repairs can be made, Webster said.
“The door frame is ripped clear out and the stucco is damaged,” she said. “We had a framer come and look at the damage but we had already boarded it up, so we still don’t know if there are broken boards behind that (wall).”
This Dairy Queen location is fairly new, having just opened up in March. The restaurant is still open for business, Webster said, but patrons have to use a separate side door on the patio until renovations are completed.
No injuries occurred as a result of the accident, and Memmott said she will be taking financial responsibility for the damages to the restaurant.
“I told my daughter, ‘There’s your Christmas present … it’s (going) towards Dairy Queen,’” Memmott said.
No citation was given to Memmott or her daughter.
The accident at Dairy Queen was not the only car versus business accident to occur this week. On Tuesday afternoon, a 35-year-old woman crashed her vehicle into an island and then a pillar outside Elevation Fitness, located at 1090 N. Bluff St. in St. George, in the Sunset Corner shopping center.
The woman was driving in the parking lot when she allegedly crashed into an unoccupied parked car, pushing that vehicle into another unoccupied parked car, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said. She then drove into the island and then collided with the pillar.
“So there (were) actually three vehicles involved but only one vehicle moving at the time,” Despain said.
The vehicles sustained only minor damage, and the pillar in front of Elevation Fitness was also damaged. The estimated cost of damages to the building is $15,000, Despain said.
The woman claimed a vehicle malfunction was the cause of the accidents, he said. There was nothing to indicate that alcohol was a factor, he added, but the woman got herself into trouble in another way.
“Witnesses say she was trying to leave the area after hitting these cars,” Despain said.
In addition to attempting to leave the scene, the woman was also found to be driving on a suspended license.
The woman was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and for operating a vehicle on a suspended driver’s license. The charges could have been worse for her, Despain said, but because the incidents occurred in a parking lot, which is private property, there were no additional moving violations as there might have been had the accidents occurred on a public road.
Nobody was injured as a result of the collisions.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
Assistant Editor Cami Cox Jim contributed to this report.
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