Bicyclist, SUV collide, minor injuries result

St. George Police, Fire and Gold Cross Ambulance respond to a bicycle vs. SUV accident on River Road, St. George, Utah, May 16, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A bicyclist was taken to the hospital after colliding with an SUV on River Road Friday morning.

Around 10:39 a.m., an SUV was leaving the parking lot by the Verizon store on River Road. The SUV’s driver was turning right to go northbound on River Road when it collided with 19-year-old woman on a bicycle, Sgt. Sam Despain said.

The bicyclist had been on the sidewalk heading south and slowed as she approached the turnout. While pulling out of the parking lot, the driver looked left, but apparently did not look right again, resulting in a collision between the SUV and the bicyclist, Despain said.

The SUV received little damage while the bicyclist received minor injuries to one of her legs. She was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Despain said.

The SUV driver was cited for failure to yield.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.

St. George Police, Fire and Gold Cross Ambulance respond to a bicycle vs. SUV accident on River Road, St. George, Utah, May 16, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
St. George Police, Fire and Gold Cross Ambulance respond to a bicycle vs. SUV accident on River Road, St. George, Utah, May 16, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

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  • Scarpelli May 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Your headline (“Bicyclist, SUV, collide”…) is ill-advised. Someone in an SUV who was not paying attention collided with a bicyclist. Please pay attention to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. This lapse in attention could have killed the nineteen year old.

    • G.S.H May 18, 2014 at 8:21 pm


      It shall be unlawful for any person to ride any bicycle upon any sidewalk within the city, except sidewalks that may be designated for bicycle riding by the city council. (1962 Code § 9-1-13)

      You bicycle lobbyists need to check your facts before you appoint yourself as judge and jury. I’m glad the individual was not more seriously hurt. All the more reason for mandatory safety classes for anyone under 18 riding bicycles on public roads and trails – exactly like ATV riders. Also a good reason for mandatory equipment and safety inspections every year just like my street legal ATV. And you could throw bicycle registrations and a personal insurance requirement in there to help pay for the privilege of right of way and so both parties could be protected.

      Again I am sorry the cyclist was hurt, moreover that this occurred at all – however based on city could and conceding that I do not know all the facts and I am totally arm chair quarterbacking the cyclist should have been cited as well. The code is clear and simple. If I was the motorist I would make sure my attorney caught that part of the story before I assumedany responsibility. In fact the only accusers are here on this forum and apparently the officer who decided not to cite both parties.

  • Richard May 16, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Ticket for failing to yield yep ! But unless I am mistaken it is also illegal to ride a bicycle on the side walk where is that ticket?

  • Scott May 16, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Seriously Richard?? Should we have all the kids in St. George ride in the streets as well?? I’ll bet you complain about cyclists on the road too?? She clearly got ran over by the SUV!! Look at the pic!! Use your brain before you post!!

    • t May 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Really though… its illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk. And if you’re in the street, you should be moving the same direction as traffic. There’s no expectation that a car or other motor or self propelled vehicle will be coming head on toward you in the wrong direction of travel. I say its mostly the bikes fault – just like if someone walks across the freeway and gets hit by a car. Its their fault because they shouldn’t be there in the first place. Yet in the land of litigation , someone gets sued over someone else’s mistake.

  • lp May 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    maybe niether of them were paying attention

  • Jordyn May 17, 2014 at 7:04 am

    I’m the one who was hit. I was cautious and slowed before crossing and the SUV never looked my way as she pulled up to leave the parking lot. It was not my fault therefore I was not cited and If I was breaking any laws I’m pretty sure the officer would have handed me a ticket. I in pain and hey when you get hit by an SUV you can come tell me. I was lucky to walk out with a few bruises. Oh and not to mention I’m 19 and I don’t have any family! I had my fiance and my other male roommate there to comfort me after the accident! Before you go criticizing and jubging. Look at the whole situation. See both sides. And don’t Assume. I work two jobs. And I don’t live off of mommy and daddy. So….. Before anyone goes saying anything at all about whose fault it was? It was the woman that hit me. I was following all laws. So take what you learned from pre-school “if you dont have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!”

    Thank you,
    The girl that was Run over by an SUV!
    Jordyn Fraser

  • Tobe May 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Glad to her only minor damage to the vehicle. Good thing the SUV was wearing a hood or it could of had engine damage. Looks like this drive need to go to what women want to see if they have a man that can drive her around. Jordon trade one of your friends for an air horn beep beep

    • Scott May 18, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Tobe, your obviously an idiot for making such an insensitive post!!! Regardless of your opion on cyclist!! Act like a human!!

  • zack May 17, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Well from reading some of the comments on this I see a lack of knowledge About Utah’s law on bicyclists if you didn’t know that you a still considered a pedestrian even on a bike and get this if you are hit in any way shape or form by a mirror vehicle you are at fault, the constant stupidity I have read from a few posters just shut up you have no clue what the … you talking about the amount of time it took you to research was the same amount of time it took you to open your twinkie wraper. Just an fyi the doctor said she was lucky to be alive after he saw the pictures of the bike btw I’m the fiancé who served 4 years in the marines so I could protect you right to post idiotic near sited remakes in the comfort of your home you all should be ashamed of your selves she did nothing wrong even the two cops I talked to said she didn’t do any thing wrong except for not stopping and waiting till she knew she was safe but you can’t get a ticket for that I wish some of you could get tickets for being stupid then you would learn to look up laws and comment with some intelligent banter
    Ed. ellipsis.

  • My Evil Twin May 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Obviously neither the bicyclist nor the motorist was paying attention or the accident wouldn’t have happened. Another near Darwin award here.
    Oh and Zack, I realize that both you and Jordyn are at the age where you know absolutely everything.

  • Dolly May 18, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    My Evil Twin – well said! No additional comments necessary!

    • My Evil Twin May 19, 2014 at 8:32 am

      In that case, I’ll shut up! 😉

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