UPDATED: Man killed after driving car off cliff on Webb Hill

ST. GEORGE — A person was killed after driving a car off a cliff in what police say was a suicide attempt on Webb Hill in St. George.


Update May 29 at 3 p.m. Police confirmed the person who died was a 56-year-old man.


A circle shows the location of a crashed car at the bottom of a cliff on Webb Hill in St. George, Utah, May 28, 2018 | Photo by Spencer Ricks, St. George News | Click to enlarge

A hiker on top of Webb Hill spotted the crashed vehicle Monday and called 911 at about 9:50 a.m. The smashed, upside-down vehicle was found halfway down the mountain on the south side of Webb Hill. With binoculars, it could be seen from Brigham Road.

“At this time in the investigation we can confirm that this was a single vehicle accident resulting from a suicide attempt,” St. George Police officer Lona Trombley said in a statement.

St. George Police officers, St. George firefighters and emergency responders from Gold Cross Ambulance first responded to the scene. After the body was found, Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers were called to help recover it. Accident reconstruction officers also responded to help in the investigation.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time, Trombley said.

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

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7 Comments

  • Carpe Diem May 29, 2018 at 6:33 am

    Is this near the spot kids found the body of a person in a cave… from about 1890 IIRC?

    • Badshitzoo May 29, 2018 at 8:30 am

      I don’t think so Carpe. That was west of Bloomington, not Bloominton Hills; well, “technically speaking” it’s west of both; but I don’t speak “technically” this early in the morning; so, I could be wrong about both!

    • tazzman May 29, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Not the same location. This is actually east of Bloomington across the freeway.

    • TheManitou June 1, 2018 at 11:49 am

      Yes, this is the VERY SAME hill. I’ve been up there. I was researching facts and locations for the book “Windy’s Last Ride”. The remains date to about 100 years ago, during World War 1 most likely.

  • ladybugavenger May 29, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Ok, I might be getting a little literal. But this wasnt an attempted suicide. If a person attempts suicide but dies, isn’t it just called suicide?

    I feel very sad for anyone stuck in such a dark place that they believe killing themselves is the answer. No, it’s not the answer. Jesus is the answer!

    • redrock4 May 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Stop trolling. You’re not funny and you’re not concerned about anyone.

  • mshaw May 30, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Poor writing! Two tearms here attempting and committing

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