Driver crosses lane, crashes into car in front of gym

A silver Dodge Intrepid swerved for unknown reasons, crossing their lane and running up the curb into a parked car, the area of 700 West and 400 North, Cedar City, Utah, August 27, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

CEDAR CITY – An unoccupied car parked in front of a gym on 400 North in Cedar City got nailed by another car when a male driver crossed his lane of traffic, ran up the curb and crashed into it Thursday.

A silver Dodge Intrepid swerved for unknown reasons, crossing their lane and running up the curb into a parked car, the area of 700 West and 400 North, Cedar City, Utah, August 27, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
A silver Dodge Intrepid swerved for unknown reasons, crossing their lane and running up the curb into a parked car, the area of 700 West and 400 North, Cedar City, Utah, August 27, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

A man driving a silver Dodge Intrepid east on 400 North crossed 700 West, then suddenly crossed over the left lane, drove up the curb and crashed into the Volkswagen Jetta parked in front of Cedar City Jiu Jitsu & MMA, Cedar City Police Cpl. Murray Suttlemyre said.

Police were dispatched to the crash by Cedar Public Safety when a witness called it in at 12:34 p.m.

“I don’t know where (he) was headed to,” Suttlemyre said. “(He) didn’t make a turn or anything like that, (he) was headed eastbound.”

While investigating the scene, police pulled a prescription bottle from the vehicle for evidence.

A silver Dodge Intrepid swerved for unknown reasons, crossing their lane and running up the curb into a parked car, the area of 700 West and 400 North, Cedar City, Utah, August 27, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
A silver Dodge Intrepid swerved for unknown reasons, crossing their lane and running up the curb into a parked car, the area of 700 West and 400 North, Cedar City, Utah, August 27, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

An investigation is underway to ascertain if drugs or alcohol played a role in the incident, Suttlemyre said. Meanwhile, the cause of the driver’s sudden shift in direction remains undetermined.

Two female passengers, one juvenile and one adult, were with the man in the Intrepid. Both were transported to Valley View Medical Center in Cedar City by Gold Cross Ambulance with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Airbags deployed in the crash, Suttlemyre said, although he didn’t know if the people had been wearing seat belts.

In light of the ongoing investigation, no citations were issued at the time of the crash.

A silver Dodge Intrepid swerved for unknown reasons, crossing their lane and running up the curb into a parked car, the area of 700 West and 400 North, Cedar City, Utah, August 27, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
A silver Dodge Intrepid swerved for unknown reasons, crossing their lane and running up the curb into a parked car, the area of 700 West and 400 North, Cedar City, Utah, August 27, 2015 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

The owner of the Jetta was inside the gym where her car was parked when the crash occurred. She said she didn’t see anything but this is the second time something like this has occurred since she recently acquired the car.

“It’s gotten in like two issues since I’ve owned it,” she said, noting she felt like the car has bad luck.

The biggest concern of the day, though, for the Jetta owner was finding someone to cover her shift at the troubled youth facility where she works, she said, as her shift was scheduled to begin shortly.

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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1 Comment

  • fun bag August 27, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    well, if i was around there at the time i would’ve given her a lift, not a big deal…

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