Motorcycle rider injured in collision with pickup

Damage is sustained to a motorcycle which was hit after the rider ran a red light on Red Cliffs Drive, St. George, Utah, Dec. 5, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A man was transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George with leg injuries after he ran a red light on his motorcycle was hit in a collision at the intersection of Mall Drive and Red Cliffs Drive Friday afternoon.

Emergency Responders help a motorcycle rider to the Gold Cross Ambulance for transport to the hospital, St. George, Utah, Dec. 5, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News
Emergency responders help a motorcycle rider to the Gold Cross Ambulance for transport to the hospital, St. George, Utah, Dec. 5, 2014 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

At 4:03 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the accident where a pickup truck had been traveling westbound on Red Cliffs Drive and attempted a left turn southbound onto Mall Drive, St. George Police Sgt. Rich Triplett said. The truck was in the middle of the intersection when the light turned red so it continued to turn and hit the motorcycle that proceeded through the intersection heading eastbound on Red Cliffs Drive.

The back tire of the motorcycle was struck, Triplett said.  Gold Cross Ambulance transported the motorcycle rider, an adult man, to Dixie Regional Medical Center for leg injuries.

“He may have broken some limbs, but his injuries were not visible,” Triplett said.

Triplett was unable to confirm if the motorcycle rider was wearing a helmet at the time. Damage to the truck was little to none while the motorcycle sustained severe damages and was towed from the scene, he said.

The motorcycle rider was cited for a red light violation, Triplett said.

St. George Police Department, St. George Fire Department, and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the accident scene.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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  • Char December 6, 2014 at 12:31 am

    well this happens to M/Cs that don’t look out for cars or other things like the traffic light!!

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP December 6, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Looks like one of those little vespa type things

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP December 6, 2014 at 11:19 am

    i don’t know if its the same guy, but i’ve seen one guy tearing around town on one of these with no helmet, riding it like he thinks he’s got a 1000cc…

  • Evil knevil December 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Well if it was him its not him anymore and my opinion of people riding a motorcycle without a helmet is Nuts.!

  • Mike December 6, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I know he bike was at fault here, according to the law of, “Hey! The light is red, stop!” But the truck driver must have seen the bike pass him in the (obviously still not clear) intersection if he hit the rear tire of the bike. Odd, he would continue if the road still was not clear to turn.

    • Michele December 6, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      At the speed the small scooter was traveling (likely full throttle), the timing difference between hitting the front vs hitting the rear tire would be less than a second. As part of the oncoming traffic, the scooter is required to stop at a red light. The truck would finish his turn after the light turned red, not expecting the scooter to keep coming, possibly from a location closer to the bike lane. If I had been in the same situation as the rider, and saw the truck waiting to turn, I would’ve stopped.

      • Mike December 8, 2014 at 10:03 am

        Of course you would have stopped. The bike rider should have stopped. My point is the truck driver’s path was not anymore clear to turn than it was when he had to wait until the light turned red. If it isn’t clear, don’t turn. Period.

  • Joe Smith December 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    One time i was behind one of these crappy little scooters and he was going like 20 in a 50 zone and holding up a long line of cars. I’m not sure these scooter riders are too bright in general…

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