Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Crash Near Caldwell Claims One

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

For Immediate Release: 05/28/2014 at 8:35 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On May 28, 2014, at approximately 2:05 p.m., Idaho State Police conducted a traffic stop of a 2004 Dodge Caravan on eastbound Interstate 84 at milepost 29.5, near Caldwell. The driver, Gerardo Pena Garza, age 54 of Othello, Washington, was given a verbal warning.

After the traffic stop, Garza reentered traffic and continued eastbound. About one half mile east of the initial traffic stop, the same Trooper observed Garza's vehicle make an abrupt turn from the far right lane of traffic to the left lane and continue off the roadway, through the median, into oncoming traffic on the westbound side of the interstate, off the north side of the interstate and come to a stop in a marshy area.

When the Trooper arrived at the crash scene, Garza was unconscious and the Trooper attempted to assist Garza until emergency personnel arrived. Garza was transported by ground ambulance to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell where he was pronounced deceased. Notifications to family have been made by the Washington State Police.

One lane of westbound traffic was blocked for approximately one and a half hours while crews worked to clear and investigate the scene. Garza was wearing his seatbelt. The crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.