Girl suffers head trauma after being hit by truck while chasing soccer ball in St. George

ST. GEORGE — A child was airlifted to a trauma center in Las Vegas Sunday evening after she was hit by a truck while retrieving a ball that rolled into the street, police say.

St. George Police officers respond after a 7-year-old child was hit by a vehicle on South Morningside Drive in St. George, Utah, Sept. 24, 2023 | Photo by Alysha Lundgren, St. George News

On Sunday shortly before 8 p.m., officers and emergency personnel were dispatched to a report of an injury crash involving a 7-year-old girl that was struck by a vehicle on the 900 block of South Morningside Drive in St. George.

The 7-year-old child was unconscious and suffered multiple injuries, including a head wound that resulted in bleeding, St. George Police Officer Tiffany Mitchell told St. George News.

The youngster was transported to St. George Regional Hospital by ambulance, and shortly thereafter, she was flown by Intermountain Life Flight helicopter to the trauma center to be treated for “significant injuries,” Mitchell said.

According to preliminary information gathered from witnesses at the scene, Mitchell said the girl kicked a soccer ball that rolled into the street, and when she ran out to retrieve it, the child was struck by a pickup truck heading north along Morningside Drive.

The driver of the truck remained at the scene to speak with investigators, and an accident reconstruction team was called out to conduct an investigation. 

No citations have been issued in connection with the incident, which is still under investigation.

In a press release issued Monday, the St. George Police Department said it “sends our thoughts and prayers to all involved.”

No further details were available at the time of this report.

This report is based on statements from police, emergency personnel or other responders and may not contain the full scope of findings. 

St. George News reporter Alysha Lundgren contributed to this report.

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