Saturday, April 2, 2011

Injury Crash on US30 near Lava Hot Springs

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Idaho State Police
Region 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: 04/02/2011 2:06 am
Contact: Sgt Winans

On Friday, April 1, 2011 at approximately 10:30 pm, Idaho State Police investigated a multiple vehicle crash on US30 at mile post 370 near the Sinclair station in Lava Hot Springs. Patricia A. Davis, 43 from McCammon, was traveling westbound on US30 in a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer. She was struck from behind by a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am driven by William L. Sparks, 36 of Soda Springs at mile post 370. The force of the collision caused Davis's vehicle to spin into the eastbound lanes where it was struck by a 1995 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Rebecca M. DePaola, 19 of Lava Hot Springs. DePaola's vehicle went off the right side of the road, down an embankment, and through a fence. Spark's vehicle went off the opposite side of the embankment, through a fence, and turned over. Sparks fled on foot and was located several hours later by Bannock County Deputies in Lava Hot Springs.
DePaola was transported to Portneuf Regional Medical Center for injuries suffered in the crash. No other occupants of any of the vehicles were injured. All occupants were wearing seatbelts. Sparks is in custody for Felony Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Aggravated DUI, Driving with out Privileges, and Resist and Obstruct.

The crash is still under investigation by Sgt. Winans, with assistance from Trooper Nalder, Trooper Caldera, Bannock County Sheriff�s Office, and Emergency Response Crews.