Scene of a collision involving a Volvo sedan and a Kawasaki motorcycle, Santa Clara, Utah, July 15, 2021 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – Two people were injured in a collision between a motorcycle and a car in Santa Clara on Thursday evening.
The incident, which occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m., involved a black Kawasaki motorcycle and a white Volvo sedan.
Santa Clara-Ivins Police Sgt. Nick Hallman said the motorcycle was the lead motorcycle for a group of three who were traveling together, heading south on Country Lane. Meanwhile, the Volvo was on Hafen Lane, facing west, preparing to turn left onto Country Lane, Hallman said.
“As they approached the intersection of Hafen Lane and Country Lane, the white automobile at the stop sign pulled back in front of them,” Hallman told St. George News at the scene. “The lead bike could not stop in time and hit the front corner panel.”
The rider of the motorcycle, who was wearing a helmet, suffered nose lacerations and other serious facial injuries, Hallman said.
“His face shield, his helmet, it was all smashed and shattered,” Hallman said. “Without this helmet, he would have put his whole head and face in the rear panel of this car, which he hit hard enough to crack the helmet.”
Hallman also mentioned the other safety gear the runner was wearing.
“He had a nice safety vest on him and elbow gloves. Everything you would want a pilot to wear, he had it, and I’m sure that helped a lot in minimizing his injuries.
In addition, a female passenger was thrown from the motorcycle during the accident.
“She was run over and she was also transported,” Hallman said, adding that the young woman’s injuries appeared to be minor. The passenger, who was also wearing a helmet, was taken to hospital in the same ambulance as the driver.
Meanwhile, the Volvo driver and her passenger were not injured, Hallman said, adding that the circumstances of the crash were still under investigation.
“She may have pulled over at the stop sign, but she says she didn’t see the motorcycles when she got out,” Hallman said of the Volvo driver.
“There isn’t a single brand of brake on each side,” he said, adding: “If he (the rider) did an evasive maneuver, it wasn’t hard enough for him. make him stop. ”
Hallman added that it doesn’t appear that those involved were traveling too fast.
“I think if they had driven at a higher speed, we would have seen more damage, or you would see the brakes locking up, and we don’t see it,” he said. “I don’t think speed was a factor.”
No quotes have been released yet, pending further investigation, Hallman said.
Although a tow truck was called to the scene, it was not needed as the rider’s friends pushed the damaged bike home. The Volvo still seemed operational, despite its broken windshield and dented front panel.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain all of the findings.
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