Friday, April 8, 2011

**UPDATED** Two Vehicle Crash Near Wendell

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Region 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897
For further information, contact Capt. Robert Storm at (208) 324-6000 or (208) 736-3070

For Immediate Release: 04/07/11 10:30 pm
Contact: Trooper Comorosky

On April 7, 2011 at approximately 5:46 pm.,Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle injury crash westbound on I84 at milepost 158 in Gooding County.

Katelyn Smith, 16, of Bliss,ID was traveling eastbound on I84 in a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am when, for unknown reasons, she crossed into the median, went airborne and into westbound traffic . She struck a 2001 Toyota Camry being driven by Jacob Coleman-Pierce, 26, of Wendell, ID.

Smith and a passenger in her vehicle were taken by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise. 2 other passengers in her vehicle were taken by ground ambulance to North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding. The 3 occupants of the 2001 Toyota Camry were not seriously injured. The medical status of Smith and her 3 occupants is unknown at this time.

It is unknown if the occupants of the Pontiac were wearing seatbelts. All 3 occupants of the Toyota were wearing seatbelts.

This crash is still under investigation by Trooper Comorosky who was assisted at the scene by Trooper N. Walker. Trooper Debie, Sergeant Thompson, Lieutenant Haight, Gooding County Deputies, Wendell Police Department, Gooding County EMS, Fire and QRU personnel and ITD personnel. The westbound lanes were closed for about 20 minutes while the air ambulance landed.