ST. GEORGE, UT – The man who was hospitalized after a two-pickup truck wreck on Sunset Boulevard has succumbed to fatal injuries, officials confirmed.
St. George News said the collision occurred after 8 a.m. Tuesday. A driver of a Dodge Ram crossed over westbound Sunset Boulevard and collided head-on with the driver of a Chevy S-10 pickup truck going east on Sunset.
The impact of the wreck caused the Chevy S-10 to overturn, which either trapped or pinned its driver – 55-year-old Manuel Gomez. First responders used the Jaws of Life Technique to free him and then rushed him to St. George Regional Hospital. Gomez was declared dead after 1 p.m., though the cause of his death was not made immediately clear.
Gomez was carrying some red paint in his truck which spilled on the road and on some ripped metal. As seen in the photos, Gomez’s truck was completely mangled, and the Dodge Ram sustained some front-end damage. The trucks seemed to be undrivable.
Despite some damage done to the Dodge Ram, the driver – 47-year-old William Western – did not sustain serious injuries, just some minor bruises. Western took some sobriety tests, although it is unclear if he was impaired when he caused this wreck. Nonetheless, he was arrested and charged with “negligently operating a vehicle resulting in death and reckless driving.”
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