Saturday, March 16, 2019

FINAL UPDATE - Fatal Blocking Crash North of Wendell

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

For Immediate Release: 03/16/2019 7:34 P.M.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On Saturday, March 16, 2019, at approximately 6:37 A.M., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle fatality crash, on State Highway 46 at milepost 102, two miles north of Wendell.

Daniel Cruz Ortiz, 21, of Wendell, was driving southbound on SH46 in a 2009 Dodge 1500 pick-up. Jessie Otton, 26, of Twin Falls, was driving northbound on SH46 in a 2001 Chevrolet Blazer. Cruz Ortiz fell asleep, crossed the center line and collided head on with the Chevrolet Blazer. Otton succumbed to her injuries on scene. All occupants were wearing a seatbelt.

Otton's juvenile passenger was transported by air-ambulance to Saint Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise. The juvenile passenger was wearing a seatbelt.

SH46 was completely blocked for approximately two and a half hours.

Idaho State Police was assisted by Gooding County Sheriff's Office, Wendell Fire Department, and the Idaho Transportation Department.



The road is now open.

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Traffic is now alternating through the northbound lane.

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Idaho State Police is investigating a two vehicle crash SH46 at milepost 102, north of Wendell. All lanes of travel are blocked at this time.

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