Monday, October 18, 2010

Crash on US93 Injures One

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE - generated by our News Release ListServer

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: 10/18/10 07:00
Contact: Trooper Barrett

On Monday October 18, 2010, at approximately 4:52 p.m., the Idaho State Police came upon the scene of an injury crash southbound on US93 at milepost 51, near Golf Course Road, north of the Perrine Bridge. Louis Lopez-Ceja, 19 of Orem, UT, was traveling in the left lane southbound on US93 in a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta. As Lopez-Ceja's lane was ending approaching the construction zone, Melanie Roberts, 48 of Jerome, attempted to turn left onto Golf Course Road from northbound US93 in a 2003 Chevrolet S10 pickup. Lopez-Ceja struck Roberts vehicle on the passenger side, causing it to overturn into the southbound lanes. Roberts was trapped inside her vehicle for approximately 30 minutes until emergency crews were able to get her out. Roberts was transported to Saint Lukes Magic Valley Hospital in Twin Falls with non life threatening injuries. Southbound traffic was completely blocked for approximately 15 minutes until one lane could be opened. Traffic was restricted for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Roberts was cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic.

The crash is under investigation by Trooper Barrett with assistance from Sergeant Oliver, Sergeant Garcia, Trooper Debie, Idaho Transportation Department and the Jerome County Sheriff's Department