Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fatality Crash on U.S. Highway 93

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Idaho State Police
District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294

For Immediate Release: 05/23/2013 8:31 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On May 23, 2013, at approximately 6:30 am, Idaho State Police investigated a fatality crash on Pahsimeroi Road, off US93, near the Lemhi County- Custer County line.

Cooper Banks, 25, of May, ID, was driving north on Pahsimeroi Road in a 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. Banks tried to pass Alex Schwenke, 19, of May, ID, on a curve and lost control of his vehicle. There was a minor collision between Banks' vehicle and Schwenke's 2005 Ford F350 pickup. Banks vehicle went off the left side of the road and rolled. He was ejected. Schwenke's vehicle went off the right side of the road, but he was able to regain control and safely navigate it back on to the roadway.

Banks was pronounced deceased at the scene. Neither Banks nor Schwenke were wearing a seat belt. The investigation is ongoing.