Monday, April 29, 2019

*Final Update* Crash Blocking SH46 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: 04/29/2019 9:18 P.M.
Please direct questions to the District Office


On Monday, April 29, 2019, at 3:52 P.M., Idaho State Police responded to a crash on State Highway 46 at milepost 106, between Wendell and Gooding.

Melvin Brooks, 87, of Gooding, was driving northbound on State Highway 46 in a 2003 Mercury Marquis. Jaime Perez-Aguilar, 41, of Jerome, was driving southbound on State Highway 46 in a 2019 Peterbuilt semi-tractor hauling a milk tanker. Brooks drove over the center line into oncoming traffic and struck Perez-Aguilar head on.

Brooks and passenger Nacoma Brooks, 87, of Gooding, succumbed to their injuries at the scene of the crash. Perez-Aguilar was wearing a seatbelt.

Next of kin has been notified. The highway was blocked for approximately 4.5 hours while crews worked to clear the scene.

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

The crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.

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