Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Single Vehicle Crash on Interstate 84 in Payette County

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District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian, ID 83642 (208) 846-7550
Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 5/29/2024 at 2:58 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

Idaho State Police are investigating a one-vehicle crash that occurred at 9:43 a.m., May 29, 2024, westbound Interstate 84 at milepost 14.8, in Payette County.

A 40-year-old male of Bend, Oregon, was driving westbound in a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. The vehicle went off the right shoulder and rolled.

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. The driver was transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital.

The lanes of travel were blocked for approximately two hours and 45 minutes.

This incident remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police.


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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Idaho State Police Forensic Services Achieves High National Honors

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Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Dr.
Meridian, ID 83642

Idaho State Police Forensic Services Achieves High National Honors

Idaho State Police Forensic Services (ISPFS) has recently been recognized with several prestigious awards and accolades, highlighting our forensic scientists' exceptional work and dedication.

Project FORESIGHT Recognition
ISPFS has been notified by Project FORESIGHT at West Virginia University John Chambers School of Business and Economics of its impressive rankings for the Idaho fiscal year 2023:
- 13th out of 212 reporting forensic laboratories worldwide for efficiency.
- 12th out of 188 reporting U.S. forensic science laboratories for efficiency.
- 94% efficiency rating.

National Validation Project Recognition
ISPFS has been nationally recognized for completing the best forensic science validation project in the country last year, involving the Randox rapid toxicology screening for suspected overdose deaths in Idaho. This innovative project is having a significant impact nationwide. ISPFS will present this groundbreaking work to forensic science practitioners globally in June, paving the way for robust and responsible implementation of this technology worldwide. We are immensely proud of the scientists who are leading this initiative.

Ed Rhodes Scholarship Award
Scientist Stephanie Wilt was awarded the national Ed Rhodes Scholarship by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD). This prestigious award is given to only one recipient annually, and ISPFS scientists have now received it three times. Congratulations to Stephanie on this outstanding achievement.

National ASCLD Meeting Accolades
ISPFS received exceptional ratings for presentations by our leaders at the national ASCLD meeting. Sexual Assault Forensic Nurses Deb Wetherelt and Madison Helfrich presented our agency's forward progress in forensic nursing programs. Lab System Director Matthew Gamette presented on grants and other advocacy efforts in forensic science. Additionally, ISPFS proposed and coordinated the first annual "National Technical Leader Training Meeting" and launched the "Technical Leader Training Program" at the ASCLD meeting. ISPFS will also make a national presentation in June about technical leader training at the National Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Grant Training Meeting at the U.S. Department of Justice, requested by the BJA.

"I am incredibly proud of the dedication and hard work demonstrated by our team at Idaho State Police Forensic Services. Achieving recognition for efficiency is a testament to our commitment to excellence. Our innovative projects, such as the Randox rapid toxicology screening, advances robust and reliable forensic science," said ISPFS Lab System Director Matthew Gamette. "The national recognition of our team's expertise and the prestigious awards highlight our scientists' outstanding contributions. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to everyone involved. The proficient work, professionalism, and poise displayed by our forensic scientists in all their cases continue to elevate our standards and exemplify our dedication to justice."

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all our scientists and staff for their exemplary work and achievements. ISPFS remains committed to excellence in forensic science, continually striving to enhance our services and contribute to justice and public safety.

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Monday, May 27, 2024

Injury Crash: Highway 8 outside Elk River

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District 2 Patrol 2700 North and South Highway Lewiston, ID 83501-1732
(208) 750-9300
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For Immediate Release: 05/16/2024 9:55 pm
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District 2 Patrol 2700 North and South Highway Lewiston, ID 83501-1732
(208) 750-9300
Fax (208) 750-9385

For Immediate Release: 05/27/2024 6:10pm
Please direct questions to the District Office

The Idaho State Police investigated a single-vehicle injury crash that occurred on Monday May 27, 2024, at approximately 1:00 AM, on State Highway 8, 7 miles west of Elk River.

A 2020 Polaris General UTV driven by a 26-year-old male from Lewiston, ID, was traveling westbound on Highway 8 near milepost 46 when the vehicle struck a deer. The driver lost control and the vehicle overturned.

In the UTV, in addition to the driver, was a 55-year-old man from Juliaetta. The passenger was transported to the hospital via air ambulance. Evidence was found on scene to indicate that drugs and/or alcohol may have been involved in this crash. This incident remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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Fatal Crash West of Arimo

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District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
(208) 239-9800 FAX: (208) 239-9885

For Immediate Release: 05/27/24 04:06 a.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

Idaho State Police is investigating a single-vehicle crash that occurred on Sunday, May 26, 2024, at 9:44 p.m., on west Arimo Rd at Garden Creek Gap, in Arimo.

A 21-year-old male of Chubbuck, with a 20-year-old male passenger, of Arimo, were driving eastbound on west Arimo Rd in a 2002 Chevrolet Impala. The vehicle left the roadway and overturned where it came to rest in a creek.

The passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries on scene. The driver was transported via personal vehicle to a local hospital.

The lanes were blocked for approximately 6 hours to allow first responders to assist those involved and clear the scene.

This incident is still under investigation by the Idaho State Police.


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Friday, May 24, 2024

UPDATE: Crash in Idaho Falls Results in 6 Fatalities

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Idaho State Police
District 6
1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 528-3400

For Immediate Release: 05/24/24 at 7:45 p.m.
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(Updated Release: 05/24/24 at 7:45 p.m.)
UPDATE: Crash in Idaho Falls Results in 6 Fatalities

On May 18, Idaho State Police troopers responded to milepost 308 on US 20 in Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, on the report of a crash between a Dodge Ram and a Chevrolet passenger van. Troopers found the Ram driver was injured, along with six deceased and nine wounded people in the van. All injured were transported to an area hospital for medical treatment.

The Ram's driver, identified as 26-year-old Luis Garcia-Diaz of Rexburg, ID, was treated for his injuries. Upon his release today, troopers arrested Garcia-Diaz on a warrant for six (6) counts of felony vehicular manslaughter in Bonneville County. He was transported and booked into the Bonneville County Jail without incident.

Charging documents for Garcia-Diaz are available to the public through the iCourt system. (www.icourt.idaho.gov)

The investigation continues to determine the immigration status of Garcia-Diaz. It has been reported that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico confirmed that the passengers in the crashed van were all agricultural workers from Mexico in the United States on H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker visas; however, the investigation will continue to confirm these details.

This crash remains under investigation. Additional updates are not expected as the process moves into the legal system.

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(Original Release: 05/18/24 at 1:40 p.m.)
Idaho State Police are investigating a fatality crash that occurred on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at 5:29 a.m., on US 20 at milepost 308 in Idaho Falls in Bonneville County.

A Ram pickup was eastbound on US20 near the Lindsay Boulevard exit in Idaho Falls when it was driven left of center and collided with a westbound Chevrolet passenger van. The driver of the pickup was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the van, along with five other passengers in the van, succumbed to their injuries at the scene of the crash. Nine other passengers of the van were injured and transported to a local hospital via ground ambulances.

Idaho State Police was assisted by the Idaho Falls Police Department, Idaho Transportation Department and the Idaho Falls Fire Department. Both lanes were blocked for approximately five and half hours with the westbound lane blocked an additional hour while crews worked to continue the investigation and clear the scene. This crash is still under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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Idaho State Police Urges Caution During the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

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IDAHO STATE POLICE
Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Dr.
Meridian, ID 83642

Idaho State Police Urges Caution During the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

MERIDIAN, Idaho - As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, the Idaho State Police (ISP) urges drivers to exercise caution during the "100 Deadliest Days" on Idaho roads. This period, lasting from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is historically the most dangerous driving time due to high traffic volume, high temperatures, and increased outdoor activities.

Last year, the Idaho Department of Transportation (ITD) reported 7,430 crashes during the 100 Deadliest Days, resulting in 79 fatalities. This year, there have already been 46 reported deaths. "People aren't replaceable. These crashes devastate our communities and the families involved," emphasizes Colonel Kedrick Wills, Director of ISP. "I urge everyone to drive responsibly, stay focused, and prioritize safety."

To help mitigate risks, ISP and law enforcement agencies statewide will conduct numerous enforcement campaigns throughout the summer to target impaired drivers, aggressive driving, and seatbelt violations. Over Memorial Day Weekend, troopers will strictly enforce impaired driving laws, whether buzzed, drunk, or high. Drivers are strongly encouraged to plan for a sober ride before festivities begin. If you spot an impaired driver, safely pull over and dial *ISP (*477).

Essential Safety Tips from ISP:
-Buckle Up: Your best defense against impaired drivers.
-Pay Attention: Avoid distractions and stay focused on driving.
-Obey Speed Limits: Speeding increases crash risks.
-Maintain Safe Distances: Keep a safe buffer between vehicles.
-Never Drive Impaired: Always plan a sober ride.

During the 100 Deadliest Days, teen drivers face higher risks due to immaturity, inexperience, and lack of skills. Nationwide, over 7,000 people died in teen-related crashes between 2010 and 2019 during the summer months. Parents play a crucial role in promoting safe driving habits. Talk with your teens about driving responsibilities, enforce graduated licensing laws, set clear rules, and model good driving behavior. Limiting the number of passengers and restricting nighttime driving reduces crash risks.

The Idaho State Police is dedicated to keeping Idaho roads safe. During the 100 Deadliest Days, drivers are urged to make every trip safe by following traffic laws, avoiding distractions, and never driving impaired.

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Single Vehicle Crash in Bannock County

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District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
(208) 239-9800 FAX: (208) 239-9885

For Immediate Release: 05/23/24 02:27 a.m.
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Idaho State Police is investigating a single-vehicle crash that occurred on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 10:31 p.m., on southbound I-15 near milepost 71, in Pocatello.

A 58-year-old male from Idaho Falls was driving southbound on I-15 in a 2021 Jeep Compass. The vehicle left the roadway and hit the barrier before overturning and coming to rest in the median.

The driver was wearing a seatbelt. He was transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital.

The left lane was blocked for approximately 30 minutes to allow first responders to assist those involved and clear the scene.

This incident is still under investigation by the Idaho State Police.


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