Saturday, July 17, 2010

Crash in Preston Claims Two

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Idaho State Police
Region 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: 07/17/10 at 7:45 p.m.
Contact: Trooper Nalder

On Saturday, July 17, 2010, at 9:39 a.m. the Idaho State Police and Franklin County Sheriff's Office investigated a fatal collision on US Highway 91 near milepost 8 in Preston, Idaho.

Ina Murri, 75, of Fremont, California, was traveling south on State Street in a 2010 Ford Fusion when for unknown reasons she accelerated her vehicle and rear ended the back of a 2001 Ford Pickup being operated by Randy Austin, 52, of Weston, Idaho. Murri died at the scene. Murri's passenger, Stella Lopezarmijo, 76, of Fremont, California succumbed to her injuries while enroute to Ogden Regional Hospital. Austin was transported to McKay Dee Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Both lanes of US Highway 91 were blocked for approximately 4 hours. Murri and Austin were both wearing seatbelts. Lopezarmijo was not wearing a seatbelt. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. It is believed that an undisclosed medical condition that Murri suffered may be a factor in this crash, however the investigation is continuing.

Trooper Nalder was assisted by Corporal Noyes and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.