Friday, February 17, 2012

Fatal crash south of Nampa claims one

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

For Immediate Release: 02/17/12 12:30 p.m.
Contact: Tpr. Ward


The driver and deceased of the 2004 Jeep Wrangler, Joel Roach, 27 of Caldwell. The passenger of the 2004 Jeep Wrangler, Shawn Wright, 28 of Nampa. The driver of the 2007 Sterling semi, Tony Hopson, 49 of Middleton. Roach was not wearing a seatbelt.


On Friday, February 17, at approximately 4:37 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle crash south of Nampa on State Highway 45 at milepost 21, near the intersection of Missouri Avenue. A 2004 Jeep Wrangler was northbound on State Highway 45 when it crossed the center line and collided with a 2007 Sterling semi tractor pulling two trailers. The driver of the Jeep was ejected and died at the scene. His passenger was transported to St. Alphonsus in Nampa but was uninjured and has already been released. It is unknown whether either occupant of the Jeep was wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the semi who was wearing his seatbelt was also uninjured in the crash.

Names of the victim and the other people involved in the crash will be released upon notification to the family. The roadway was blocked in both directions for approximately four hours as crews worked to clear the scene. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation by Trooper Ward, who was assisted by Corporals Tulleners and Murakami, Specialists Szeles and Ferris, and Canyon County emergency personnel.