Monday, September 16, 2013

Fatal crash in Jerome county

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District 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897

For Immediate Release: September 16, 2013 8:02 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On September 16, 2013 at approximately 1:44 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatal crash on 375 West Road in Jerome County. Chasity Pearson, 27, of Wendell, was westbound on 375 West Road in a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban. There were two minor children in Pearson's vehicle. John Cutler, 39, of Wendell, was eastbound on 375 West Road in a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup pulling a trailer with a loader on it.

Pearson's vehicle crossed into the eastbound lanes, and Cutler swerved to avoid a collision. Pearson's vehicle struck the trailer, and came to rest in the roadway. Cutler's vehicle came to rest on its side on the right shoulder. The loader fell off the trailer and struck a gas line, causing a small gas leak.

Pearson was pronounced deceased at the scene. One of the children was transported by ground ambulance to St. Luke's hospital in Jerome. The other child was transported to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise by air ambulance. Cutler was not transported. Intermountain Gas responded to the scene and repaired the gas line. It is unknown if Pearson was wearing her seatbelt. One child was restrained in a car seat. It is unknown if the other child was restrained. Cutler was wearing his seatbelt. Next of kin has been notified. Both lanes were blocked for approximately four hours. This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.