Two, plus driver arrested for DUI, hurt in St. George crash

ST. GEORGE, UT – Three people were hospitalized after a hit-and-run crash on southbound I-15 after 2 a.m. Friday. 

The single-vehicle collision occurred on the off-ramp along Bluff Street, St. George News reported. The driver was speeding, which meant she lost control of the car and crashed into a concrete barrier. There were two passengers in the car, a man and a girl. 

The girl suffered a serious head injury, and the man sustained severe lacerations to the face and body and was found with the inability to move. Both were taken to a hospital, where their conditions remain unknown. 

The driver of the red four-door passenger vehicle fled the scene on foot and was later found. Officials identified the driver as 33-year-old Vanessa Eilene Avila. 

Avila had multiple leg injuries, several cuts, and a prominent and noticeable knot on her head. She was taken to a hospital and was given a sobriety test, and officials learned that she was impaired. 

She was arrested and booked into custody and was deemed with eight charges, some of which included: leaving the scene of an accident where injuries took place, not wearing a seatbelt, driving on an expired license and an alcohol-restricted license, reckless endangerment and driving, and having a DUI with a passenger under the age of 16 in the car. 

If you and your loved ones were victims of a drunk driving accident, our Utah drunk driving accident attorneys are prepared and equipped to hold the at-fault party accountable for their wrongdoings. We invite you to contact Swenson & Shelley PLLC online or by phone at (435) 265-4523 for a free, no-risk consultation.

Kevin Swenson was raised in Bountiful, Utah, and is a co-founding partner of Swenson & Shelley. After graduating from Bountiful High School, Kevin attended business school at Westminster College.