Man, dog struck by SUV both die; officials release man’s identity

Responders place the body of a dog in a portable kennel-carrier after it was killed in a vehicle versus pedestrian incident on Sunset Boulevard. The person walking the dog, an 86-year-old man, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and later died, St. George, Utah, Aug 5, 2015 | Photo courtesty of Shane Brown, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — An 86-year-old man who was walking with his dog and was struck by an SUV crossing Sunset Boulevard Wednesday morning has died due to injuries sustained during the incident, police confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

The man, Gerald Gilsdorf, of St. George, was initially sent to the hospital following the incident, which also resulted in the dog’s death.

Gilsdorf was transported by ambulance to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George and later transported to University Medical Center in Las Vegas via Life Flight, where he died.

Gilsdorf was attempting to cross Sunset Boulevard near 1400 West around 7:15 a.m. A vehicle traveling east was attempting to make a left turn northward onto 1400 West. Gilsdorf was in the center turn lane and was struck by the vehicle.

The eastbound Kia Sorento SUV that struck Gilsdorf, driven by a 59-year-old woman, was slowing down to turn onto 1400 West. While doing so, the driver struck Gilsdorf  and his dog with the passenger-front corner of her vehicle.

“(He) appeared to be crossing Sunset just west of 1400 West, not at a crosswalk, not even at an actual intersection, just mid-block,” St. George Police Officer Tyrell Bangerter said.

It is estimated the vehicle was traveling between 20-25 mph.

The driver of the vehicle was uninjured.

“This accident is under investigation and will be reviewed for potential criminal charges,” police said Wednesday afternoon. “It is believed that the early morning sun may have been a factor in this accident.”

The incident is still under investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed this accident or can provide information about it is asked to contact the St. George Police Department at 435-627-4300.

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 August 5, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Saw all the emergency vehicles. Just awful. Thoughts are with the family.

    • native born new mexican August 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      I agree with you Real life. I am also very sorry for the woman driver. What a terrible experience! Poor little dog as well. So sad!

    • Guess who August 6, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Oh wow. Look folks a decent response from the neighborhood blowhard. absolutely amazing way to go Real Life Dork. you actually took the time to make a responsible comment. I’m shocked beyond belief he actually made a comment without his normal drivel of ignorance and stupidity

  • tcrider August 6, 2015 at 8:45 am

    I am more sorry for the man and the dog that got hit, why would you be sorry for the person that hit them?

    • native born new mexican August 6, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      Guess who this is not the time or place for insults. Why don’t you show some class for once. This is a tragic situation END of story.

      • tcrider August 7, 2015 at 8:56 am

        native not so smart, you need to go back to new mexico, its idiots like you, that move here and do not know how to drive, that are running these poor people and animals over. YOUR THE PROBLEM, END OF STORY

        • native born new mexican August 7, 2015 at 8:41 pm

          Why can’t you trolls leave even one story alone with out your rude insults. Is your intention to bully people off the comment section?
          If you keep this up the web site will have to change their posting policy because of you guys abusing even tragic stories like this one.

          • Simone August 7, 2015 at 10:36 pm

            Another thing you and I agree on Native. This is not the place for rude comments. From the story it doesn’t sound as if the driver was doing anything really wrong. She was driving slowly, probably not on a cell phone and she was not near a controlled intersection. Sad story for all involved. I hope everyone involved is able to heal and heal quickly.

  • fun bag August 6, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Well, Sunset blvd is a 60+mph highway. Should’ve been more careful where he crossed it…

  • tobychew August 6, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I got done donating about 7 am that morning I saw the accident but was about 2 to 3 blocks away with the sun in my eyes so I didn’t see much

  • DLKF August 7, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Does anyone know if he has any family ? I used to see him and his dog walking around our neighborhood often and talked with him once. He seemed to be very lonely.
    Ed. edited per DLKF correction.

  • Simone August 7, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved.

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