Suspected distracted driving leads to rollover 100 feet down embankment

The embankment where a woman rolled her car down off state Route 14, Utah, Oct. 17, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Google Street View, St. George News / Cedar City News

ST. GEORGE — A woman who police believe was distracted while driving rolled her car 100 feet down an embankment off the side of state Route 14 Sunday afternoon.

The woman was driving a Nissan Altima on SR-14 near Duck Creek Village at about 3:30 p.m. when she started to drift off the road. When she overcorrected a couple of times, the car rolled a few times off a hillside and came to rest on its roof, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street said.

The driver was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor, “non-incapacitating” injuries to her upper body from the crash, Street said. She was transported to Cedar City Hospital by ambulance.

Street said he believed distracted driving may have caused the woman to go off the road.

“The contributing circumstance was a failure to stay in the lane,” Street said. “My guess would be she looked away from the road for a minute – possibly distracted.”

The map below shows the approximate location of the rollover.

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

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3 Comments

  • mesaman October 8, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I find it hard to accept that the roll-over was near Duck Creek Town. Maybe you could have stated; “somewhere on Cedar Mountain”

  • LunchboxHero October 9, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Note to the author: It’s a Nissan “Altima” (not Ultima).

    • Paul Dail Paul Dail October 9, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      LunchboxHero, this is actually a fancier model.

      Just kidding. Thanks for bringing that to our attention. It has been remedied.

      Paul Dail
      ST. GEORGE NEWS

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