Monday, March 1, 2010

***Update*** 1 Vehicle Rollover Near Hazelton Exit claims one

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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: 03/01/10 7:20 PM
Contact: Trooper Travis Debie


On March 1,2010 at approximately 19:34 p.m., Eaity Emich succumbed of his injuries.

On March 1, 2010, at approximately 9:45 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a one vehicle rollover crash on eastbound I84 near milepost 197 near Hazelton. A 2008 black Chevy Cobalt was traveling eastbound on I84 when the driver, Rex Sanasan, 20 of Clinton, UT fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle veered off the roadway into the median, causing the driver to wake up. The driver overcorrected the vehicle causing it to roll back onto the roadway. The driver and front passenger, Kevin Elimo, 17 of Utah were both wearing their seatbelts. The other three passengers, seated in the rear were not wearing their seatbelts and were all ejected from the vehicle. Two of the rear passengers, Bennett Berry, 22 of Utah and Keio Takky, 9 of Utah were transported to Minidoka Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. The driver Rex Sanasan and his passenger, Kevin Elimo, were transported to St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional Medical Center in Twin Falls with non critical injuries. Eaity Emich, 17 of Utah, the third rear passenger, sustained the most severe injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to Magic Valley, and then life lighted to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. The eastbound lanes were shut down for approximately 3-4 hours to allow for emergency vehicles and an investigation of the crash. The Jerome County Sherriff's Office and fire and medical personnel from Jerome and Minidoka Counties assisted in the crash. An investigation is ongoing with pending charges for the driver; alcohol was not a factor. The Idaho State Police wants to remind people to wear their seatbelts and pull over if you are getting tired.

Idaho State Police is currently investigating a one vehicle rollover eastbound on I84 at milepost 197. The eastbound lanes are blocked and emergency crews are still on scene. Traffic is being diverted off Exit 194 around the crash scene. The vehicle was a Black 2008 Chevy Colbalt that was traveling with 5 occupants. The crash is still under investigation by the Idaho State Police with assistance from the Jerome County Sheriff's Department.