Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Crash in Boise County Claims Two Lives

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District 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford, Meridian 83642

(208) 846-7550

Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 01/25/12 2:00 AM

Contact: Trooper McCarthy

On January 24th, 2012, at approximately 6:55 PM, Idaho State Police responded to a vehicle in the river off of State Highway 55, at milepost 78.1, near Banks/Lowman Road. Officers believe Howard Koskella, age 86 of Donnelly, was traveling south on State Highway 55 when his vehicle left the road for unknown reasons. Koskella's vehicle went down an embankment, rolling several times before coming to rest partially submerged in the Payette River. Both Howard and his passenger, Ethel Koskella, age 83 and also of Donnelly, died as a result of the crash.

The crash occurred early in the day, but the exact time of the crash is unknown. The roadway was blocked for approximately half an hour while crews removed the vehicle. Both occupants were wearing seatbelts. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in this crash. The crash is under investigation by Trooper McCarthy, with assistance from Trooper Sherbondy. Notifications to the family have been made.