Child struck by car; sun glare contributes

An early morning accident in Ivins left a child injured, Ivins, Utah, Sept. 10, 2015 | Photo by Julie Applegate
An early morning accident in Ivins left a child injured, Ivins, Utah, Sept. 10, 2015 | Photo by Julie Applegate
An early morning accident in Ivins left a child injured, Ivins, Utah, Sept. 10, 2015 | Photo by Julie Applegate

IVINS – A driver with the early morning sun in her eyes swerved to avoid children walking in a residential neighborhood, but she struck a child on the other side of the road.

The accident happened at 83 S. 296 East in Ivins at about 7:50 a.m. An 18-year old woman driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse came around a corner and had the sun in her eyes, Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department spokesman Chad Holt said.

The driver saw some children walking on one side of the road, and swerved to the other side of the road to avoid them. However, the car then struck a young girl on the other side of the road.

The girl, who is 12 or 13 years old, said Holt, was just clipped by the Mitsubishi’s mirror. She suffered only minor injuries, mostly road rash being knocked down. Medical transport was declined, and the girl was self-transported to receive medical care.

“In the mornings you’ve got to be really careful – especially in the mornings and evenings – the streets run perfectly east and west and that’s always where the sun is coming up and coming down,” Holt said. “So you really need to pay attention.”

Motorists should be especially watchful in residential neighborhoods when children are walking to school or to bus stops, Holt said.

The Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department and Ivins Emergency Medical Services responded to the incident. The accident is still under investigation, and no citations have been issued at the time of this report.

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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  • Real Life September 10, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    No citations?

  • ladybugavenger September 10, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    It’s not safe to walk on the side of the road. Are there no sidewalks?

  • Paul Bottino September 10, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    The city of Ivins needs to step up and fix that street. 200 south from 200 West to 285 West is basically a narrow dirt road connecting official city streets with curb and gutter. Every morning at least 15 students on their way to Red Mountain Elementary School and back home navigate that “street” It is going to get worse unless the city makes that an official street.

    • ladybugavenger September 10, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      That’s a shame. These kids need a walkway. These St George drivers are dangerous.

  • Dexter September 10, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    They will fix it. but like any other city they’ve not going to worry about it until somebody gets killed. It’s just a question of. Whose kid has to die before they do anything.

  • noseitall September 10, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Back in the day we walked on the road , difference is , we watched out for vehicles. but then again , there were no electronic devices to distract us. Now a days these kids think they have the right away,,,,, always. Protect yourself kids ,forget about the right away , know what is happening around you, pay attention..As for you drivers who have all these excesses ,, face it you suck .

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