Saturday, November 14, 2009

One Vehicle Rollover Kills 1 Injures Several

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Region 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897
For further information, contact Captain Kedrick Wills at (208)324-6000 or (208)736-3070

For Immediate Release: 11-14-2009 6:30 pm
Contact: Tpr C Pohanka

On November 14, 2009 at approximately 5:17 AM, Idaho State Police responded to a one-vehicle, fatal injury, rollover crash on I-84 near milepost 189, in Jerome County. A full-size 1999 Ford van, carrying 10 people, was traveling eastbound on I-84 when the driver, Carlos Campos Ramirez, 38 years old, of Twin Falls, ID lost control on the ice and snow covered roadway. The van slid into the median where it rolled.

Of the ten occupants in the vehicle, Evelia D. Montenegro, 56 years old, of Jerome, ID was ejected and died at the scene.

Three children were ejected and treated at Minidoka Memorial Hospital in Rupert,ID for various injuries ranging from minor to serious.

Another 12 year old child, who was also ejected, was treated at St. Lukes Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, ID and then flown to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT with critical injuries.

Martha Linares, 63 years old, of Shoshone, ID is believed to have been partially ejected. Linares was treated at St. Benedict's Hospital in Jerome, ID and later transferred to St. Lukes Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, ID.

Rafael Linares, also from Shoshone, was treated and admitted to St. Lukes of Magic Valley. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor in this crash.

One child was not ejected, but was still treated for injuries at Minidoka Memorial Hospital in Rupert, ID.

Carlos Campos Ramirez, the driver, and Maria Campos, a passenger, were not injured and are believed to have been wearing their seatbelts.

This crash is under investigation by Trooper Chris Pohanka, with assistance from Reconstructionist and Trooper James Kilton, and Sergeant Kevin Haight.

The Idaho State Police would like to express their appreciation to personnel from Jerome County Sheriff's Department, Minidoka County Sheriff's Department, Twin Falls County Sheriff's Department, and Idaho Transportation Department for their exceptional assistance with investigating and / or providing traffic control for approximately 20 reported crashes or slide-offs on I-84 in Jerome County, between 5:15 AM and 10:00 AM.