Police: 2 teens hospitalized after getting struck by truck in Hurricane; driver charged with DUI

2020 file photo for illustrative purposes only of a Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue ambulance parked near the west side campground area of Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane, Utah, Nov. 16, 2020 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Two teenage girls were injured Tuesday morning after being struck by a pickup truck on State Street in Hurricane, an incident that led to the arrest of the driver who was later booked into jail facing felony DUI.

Shortly after 10 a.m., Hurricane officers and Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the intersection of State Street and South 300 West on a crash involving two pedestrians that were struck by a vehicle, according to a statement issued by the Police Department on Tuesday evening.

Officers arrived to find two teenage girls who were reportedly struck in the crosswalk by a pickup truck as they crossed State Street onto South 300 West, the statement said.  One of the teens was transported to St. George Regional Hospital by ambulance in serious condition.

The second teen was driven to the hospital in a private vehicle to be treated for minor injuries, authorities say.

The truck driver was arrested at the scene and transported to Purgatory Correctional Facility facing two felony counts of driving under the influence of suspected drugs and causing injury, as well as driving on a revoked license, and two traffic-related citations.

The pickup truck was impounded and towed from the scene following the incident. Booking information from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office identified the driver as David Garner. No further details were released at the time of this report.

Hurricane Police Department and Hurricane Valley Fire and Rescue responded and tended to the scene.

Ed. Note: A new Utah law generally prohibits the release of arrest booking photos until after a conviction is obtained. 

This report is based on statements from court records, police or other responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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