Man dead after early-morning crash with teens in St. George

Posted at 4:26 PM, May 23, 2012
and last updated 2012-05-23 18:27:13-04

ST. GEORGE – Two students from Desert Hills High School were involved in a head-on collision early Wednesday morning.

St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding says two 17-year-old males were returning home from an all-night event for high school seniors.

They were driving a GMC Yukon at about 6:45 a.m. Wednesday when their vehicle drifted across the center line of 1450 South and crashed head-on with a red Ford pickup driven by 43-year-old Donald Padilla.

Padilla was airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital in extremely critical condition.  He died as a result of his injuries, police said on Thursday.

The teens were transported to the hospital, but were reportedly okay.

St. George police are still investigating why the teens drifted across the roadway into oncoming traffic, but say the crash is not a result of alcohol or drugs.