Saturday, June 19, 2021

Update Single Vehicle Fatality Near Gooding

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For Immediate Release: 06/19/21 2:59pm
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Update

Milepost corrected

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On Saturday, June 19th, 2021 at approximately 3:00am, the Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle fatality crash on Interstate 84 at milepost 137, on the on-ramp, near Gooding.

Ian J. Robinson, 45, of Glenns Ferry, was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 on-ramp in a 1993 Chevy GMT-400. Robinson lost control, rolled, coming to a rest on the shoulder.

Robinson succumbed to injuries at scene. Robinson was not wearing a seatbelt.

Next of kin has been notified.

This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.


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Single Vehicle Fatality Near Gooding

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For Immediate Release: 06/19/21 2:58pm
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On Saturday, June 19th, 2021 at approximately 3:00am, the Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle fatality crash on Interstate 84 at milepost 185, on the on-ramp, near Gooding.

Ian J. Robinson, 45, of Glenns Ferry, was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 on-ramp in a 1993 Chevy GMT-400. Robinson lost control, rolled, coming to a rest on the shoulder.

Robinson succumbed to injuries at scene. Robinson was not wearing a seatbelt.

Next of kin has been notified.

This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.


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Injury Crash on Caldwell Blvd. in Nampa

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For Immediate Release: 06/19/2021 3:45 A.M.
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On Friday, June 18th, 2021, at approximately 6:24 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a crash with injuries that occurred on Caldwell Blvd. and N. Canyon St, by the Fred Meyer in Nampa. Robert Funkhouse, 44, of Boise, was driving eastbound on Caldwell Blvd. in a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer. Timothy Coggburn, 63, of Nampa, was driving westbound on Caldwell Blvd. in a 2019 Nissan Frontier. Funkhouse's Mercury crossed the center median divider and collided with Coggburn's Nissan.

Neither driver was wearing a seat-belt. They were both transported by ground ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Funkhouse was later transported by air ambulance to University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City.

This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.



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Friday, June 18, 2021

Crash SH78 South of Marsing Claims One

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For Immediate Release: 06/18/2021 1:46 A.M.
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On Thursday, June 17, 2021 at approximately 8:41 p.m. Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle crash, SH78 at milepost 13, in Owyhee County, south of Marsing.

James McCoy, 62, of Melba, was driving westbound on SH78 in a 1997 Toyota Camry. Joseph Young, 36, of Melba, was driving eastbound on SH78 in a hay swather. The Toyota collided with the hay swather head on. McCoy succumbed to his injuries on scene. Next of kin has been notified.

All lanes of SH78 were completely blocked for two and a half hours while crews investigated. Idaho State Police was assisted by Owyhee County Sheriff's Office and Marsing EMS. This crash is under investigation.


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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Fatal Crash East of Arimo

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Pocatello, Idaho 83204
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For Immediate Release: 6/17/21 10:30 p.m.

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On Thursday, June 17th, 2021 at approximately 4:07 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated an ATV crash, on South Smith Canyon Road and Pine View Loop, in Bannock County, east of Arimo.

Chikay Cole, 67, of Sandy, Utah, was traveling northbound on Smith Canyon Road on a 2019 Polaris ATV with her passenger, Kerry Cole, 67, also of Sandy, Utah. Chikay failed to negotiate a turn and both riders were ejected from the ATV. Chikay succumbed to her injuries at the scene. Next of kin has been notified. Both riders were wearing helmets.

Kerry was transported by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center, in Pocatello.

Idaho State Police was assisted by Bannock County Sheriff's Department and Bannock County Search and Rescue.

The crash remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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Update - Crash blocking eastbound lanes east of Eden

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***Update***

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 1:15 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a three vehicle injury crash eastbound I84 at milepost 187, near Hazelton. Juan Vela, 41, of Pasco WA, was eastbound in a 2009 Peterbuilt semi-tractor hauling potatoes. Eric Whitfield, 41, of Laramie, WY, was eastbound in a 2020 Freightliner semi-tractor with a flatbed trailer hauling lumber. Faizan Ahmad, 27, of Sacramento, CA, was eastbound in a 2016 Kenworth semi-tractor with a 53 foot enclosed van.

Whitfield and Ahmad were slowing down for construction traffic. Vela rear ended Whitfield. Ahmad's trailer sustained damage from debris from Whitfield's trailer. Vela was transported by ground ambulance to St. Lukes Magic Valley in Twin Falls. All drivers were wearing seatbelts.

The lanes of travel were blocked for approximately 4 hours for the investigation of the crash.

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The eastbound lanes are no longer blocked.

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On Thursday, June 17, at 1:55 pm Idaho State Police are investigating an injury crash EB I84@187, east of Eden. All eastbound traffic is blocked. Traffic is currently backed up to mile post 192.

Information will be updated as it is received.

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Update - Crash blocking eastbound lanes east of Eden

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For Immediate Release: 06/17/2021 2:54 p.m.
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***Update***

The eastbound lanes are no longer blocked.

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On Thursday, June 17, at 1:55 pm Idaho State Police are investigating an injury crash EB I84@187, east of Eden. All eastbound traffic is blocked. Traffic is currently backed up to mile post 192.

Information will be updated as it is received.

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Crash blocking eastbound lanes east of Eden

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For Immediate Release: 06/17/2021 1:55 pm
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On Thursday, June 17, at 1:55 pm Idaho State Police are investigating an injury crash EB I84@187, east of Eden. All eastbound traffic is blocked. Traffic is currently backed up to mile post 192.

Information will be updated as it is received.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Troopers Invite Motorcyclists to learn Safety Skills at 1st Annual Shiny Side Up Rally

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District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
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For Immediate Release: June 16, 2021 3:15 p.m.
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Safe driving skills are essential for motorcyclists, but not all riders have the training they need. That's why Troopers with the Idaho State Police Motor Unit are partnering with Grand Teton Harley Davidson for a free training event, the 1st Annual Shiny Side Up Motorcycle Rally.

"There's a lot that motorcyclists can do that will make a big difference in keeping themselves safe," said Idaho State Police Sgt. Andrew Nakashima of District 5 in Pocatello. "This rally is a chance for folks to learn from those of us who have the opportunity to train all the time. We want to share the most valuable, life-saving lessons from that training with other riders."

The Shiny Side Up Motorcycle Rally includes safety training and techniques designed for riders of all skill levels, from beginner to experienced.

What: Shiny Side Up Motorcycle Rally, presented by the Idaho State Police and Grand Teton Harley Davidson.

When: Saturday, June 19, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Hillcrest High School, 2800 Owen St., Ammon

Who Should Attend: Motorcycle riders of all levels

Cost: Free

Required: Motorcycle endorsement (or training permit), proof of insurance, DOT-approved helmet, and a signed liability waiver

Food trucks and vendors will be on-site during the event.

Four Vehicle Crash in Idaho Falls Injures Two

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Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
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For Immediate Release: 06/16/2021 2:38 p.m.
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On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at approximately 10:36 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated an injury crash northbound on Interstate 15 at milepost 118, in Idaho Falls. John Ahern, 49, of Sheridan, Montana was driving a 1999 Dodge pickup pulling a utility trailer. Ahern failed to slow for traffic in the area and struck the rear of at 2016 Ford Fiesta being driven by Kendra Nordes, 46, of Riverbank, California. The Ford was then pushed into the rear of a 2016 Volkswagen Passat; driven by Patricia Ferguson, 75, of St. George, Utah. The Volkswagen was then pushed into the rear of a 2020 Toyota Camry; driven by Lynnette Vessels, 55, of Orem, Utah.

Nordes and her passenger, Monica Cook, 53, of Grover Beach, California, were taken by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

Idaho State Police were assisted on scene by Idaho Falls Police Department and Idaho Transportation Department.


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Fatal Crash on US12 near Powell

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For Immediate Release: 06/16/2021 1:35 AM
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On June 15, 2021, at approximately 5:37 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a single-vehicle fatality crash on US12 near milepost 149. This is in between Kooskia and Powell, in Idaho County, ID.

Robert J. Hopp, 54, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was traveling eastbound on US12 at milepost 149 on a Bronze 2017 BMW motorcycle. Hopp lost control of the motorcycle when he was negotiating a right-hand curve and crashed. His motorcycle came to a rest on the westbound side of the road.

Hopp succumbed to his injuries at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.

Next of kin has been notified. This investigation is ongoing.


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Monday, June 14, 2021

**Update** Fatal Crash in Grangeville

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For Immediate Release: 06/14/2021 7:53 PM
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****UPDATE**** Mrs. Kathryn A. Hazelbaker, 91, of Grangeville, succumbed from her injuries on May 31, 2021. Her next of kin has been notified.


On May 11, 2021, at approximately 6:34 a.m., Idaho State Police responded to a serious injury crash on North Meadow Street at East Main Street in Grangeville, Idaho. A Grangeville city employee, M. Alder, 26, was making a left hand turn onto Meadow Street off of East Main Street. Alder struck two pedestrians in the crosswalk, Mr. B. Hazelbaker, 93, and Mrs. K Hazelbaker, 91, of Grangeville. Both pedestrians suffered serious injuries and were transported to Syringa Medical Center in Grangeville. Due to their injuries, both were subsequently airlifted to Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d?Alene, Idaho.
Idaho State Police would like to thank Grangeville Police Department and Syringa Ambulance for their assistance. The investigation is on going.

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Crash near Inkom

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District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
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For Immediate Release: Monday - June 14, 2021 12:50 p.m.
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On Monday, June 14, 2021, at approximately 10:20 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle crash on I-15 near milepost 57, near Inkom.

Valerie Woolsey, 55, of Pocatello, was driving northbound in a 2013 Audi Q5. Woolsey attempted a lane change and went off the right shoulder where the vehicle overturned.

Woolsey was transported via ground ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.

The right lane was blocked by emergency vehicles for approximately one hour and twenty minutes while crews worked to clear the scene.

Woolsey was wearing a seatbelt.

The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Three Crashes On I15 In Pocatello

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District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
(208) 239-9800 FAX: (208) 239-9885

For Immediate Release: 06/13/2021 8:05 p.m.
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On Sunday, June 13, 2021, at 5:11 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated three separate crashes northbound I15 at mile marker 67, in Pocatello. The crash involved a total of six vehicles:

A juvenile driving a 2001 Toyota Camry
Viktor Danchuk, 45, of Gresham, OR, driving a semi-truck and trailer
Bruin M. Fleischmann, 18, of Pocatello, driving a 2014 Ram 1500
Raini N. Stock, 26, of Idaho Falls, driving a Ford Edge
Stephanie J. Walker, 34, of Inkom, driving a 2018 Nissan Rogue
Blaine W. Townsend, 34, of Salt Lake City, UT, driving a 2019 Toyota 4 Runner

The juvenile driver was attempting to merge onto northbound I15 from the 67 on-ramp. The juvenile drove off the shoulder of the road, overcorrected, and struck the semi-truck. A chain-reaction occurred involving four additional vehicles. The juvenile was transported by ground ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center. All occupants were wearing seatbelts.

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Crash On I86 West of American Falls

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District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
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For Immediate Release: 06/13/2021 7:27 p.m.
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On Sunday, June 13, 2021, at 3:17 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated an injury crash westbound on I86 at mile marker 29.8, west of American Falls.

Brice R. Hamann, 35, of Burley, was driving westbound on I86 in a 1999 Ford F250 where he drove off the road. The vehicle overturned coming to rest on its top in the median. Hamann's
passenger, Miriah D. Dominguez, 46, of Burley, was ejected from the vehicle. Hamann and Dominguez were transported by ground ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. Neither were wearing a seatbelt.


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Fatal crash SH97 at 72, near Harrison Idaho

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For Immediate Release: <06/13/21 17:59>
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On June 13, 2021, at approximately 1:13 P.M., Idaho State Police responded to a single vehicle crash approximately 24 miles South of interstate 90 on State Highway 97 near Harrison, Idaho.

Paul A. Brown,74, of Kennewick, WA, was driving northbound on State Highway 97 on a White 1996 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Brown failed to negotiate a left hand curve and went off the right hand shoulder. Brown's motorcycle overturned coming to rest on the east shoulder. Brown was not wearing a helmet and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Next of kin has been notified. Investigation continues.



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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Update to Crash on US20 near St. Anthony

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District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
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For Immediate Release: 06/12/2021 12:05 P.M.
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***Update***

Faith Jensen passed away at approximately 5:15 a.m. this morning at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Next of kin has been notified.

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On Friday, June 11, 2021, at approximately 1:30 P.M., Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle injury crash eastbound on US20 at milepost 343.5, near St. Anthony.
Gwendolyn Wasden, 21, of Provo, Utah, was driving eastbound on US20 in a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe. Wasden attempted to pass another motorist, overcorrected, and rolled her vehicle. The vehicle came to rest in the right eastbound lane of US20. Wasden's passenger, Faith Jensen, 22, of Alpine, Utah, was ejected from the vehicle. Ann Lee, 23, of Federal Heights, Colorado, and Kylie Sosa, 22, of West Jordan, Utah, were also passengers in the vehicle.

Wasden and Sosa were treated at the scene of the crash and released. Jensen and Lee were transported by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Lee was later transported by air ambulance to the University of Utah. Faith Jensen was the only occupant of the vehicle not wearing a seatbelt. The eastbound lane of US20 was blocked for approximately three hours.

Idaho State Police was assisted by Fremont County Sheriff's Office, St. Anthony Police Department, and a warden from the department of Fish and Game. This crash is still under investigation at this time.


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Friday, June 11, 2021

Single Vehicle Injury Crash on US20 near St. Anthony

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District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
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For Immediate Release: 06/12/2021 12:35 A.M.
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On Friday, June 11, 2021, at approximately 1:30 P.M., Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle injury crash eastbound on US20 at milepost 343.5, near St. Anthony.
Gwendolyn Wasden, 21, of Provo, Utah, was driving eastbound on US20 in a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe. Wasden attempted to pass another motorist, overcorrected, and rolled her vehicle. The vehicle came to rest in the right eastbound lane of US20. Wasden's passenger, Faith Jensen, 22, of Alpine, Utah, was ejected from the vehicle. Ann Lee, 23, of Federal Heights, Colorado, and Kylie Sosa, 22, of West Jordan, Utah, were also passengers in the vehicle.

Wasden and Sosa were treated at the scene of the crash and released. Jensen and Lee were transported by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Lee was later transported by air ambulance to the University of Utah. Faith Jensen was the only occupant of the vehicle not wearing a seatbelt. The eastbound lane of US20 was blocked for approximately three hours.

Idaho State Police was assisted by Fremont County Sheriff's Office, St. Anthony Police Department, and a warden from the department of Fish and Game. This crash is still under investigation at this time.


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Injury Crash US95 MP300, Lapwai

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For Immediate Release: 6/11/21 11:35 PM
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On June 10, 2021, approximately 8:29 pm, Idaho State Police responded to an injury crash, which occurred during a Nez Perce Tribal Police vehicle pursuit, southbound on US 95 near milepost 300, in Lapwai, Idaho. The driver of the pursued vehicle, Derrick Celestine, 39, of Utah, was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho for his injuries. Celestine was treated and released, and was subsequently arrested, by the Idaho State Police, for Second Offense Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The crash is still under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information is available for release at this time.


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Thursday, June 10, 2021

Injury Crash US12 MP46, Orofino

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For Immediate Release: 6/10/21 4:08 PM
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On June 10, 2021, approximately 9:16 am, Idaho State Police Troopers responded to a serious injury motorcycle crash, eastbound on US 12 near milepost 46. Eddie Cramlet, 65, and his passenger, Gloria Busby, 64, both of Palm Desert, California, were traveling westbound on US 12 near milepost 46 on a motorcycle. Cramlet lost control of the motorcycle, causing them to travel left of center, entering the ditch of the eastbound lane. Both Cramlet and Busby were transported to Clearwater Valley Hospital in Orofino, by ground ambulance, with serious injuries. The crash is still under investigation by the Idaho State Police. They were assisted by Clearwater County Sheriff?s Office and Clearwater EMS.

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Injury Crash US12 MP35, Peck area

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For Immediate Release: 6/10/2021 4:05 PM
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On June 9, 2021, approximately 8:29 pm, Idaho State Police Troopers responded to an injury motorcycle crash, eastbound on US 12 near milepost 35. Theodore Mills, 59, of Orofino, Idaho, was traveling eastbound on US 12 near milepost 35. Mills was unable to avoid a deer and struck it, causing him to be thrown from the motorcycle. Mills was not wearing a helmet, but sustained minor injuries. Mills was transported to Clearwater Valley Hospital. The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police. They were assisted by Clearwater County Sheriff?s Office and Clearwater EMS.

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Update: Crash that injured three on I-15 remains under investigation

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District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
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For Immediate Release: 06/10/21 4:50 P.M.
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The crash that injured three people yesterday on Interstate 15, including an Idaho State Police Trooper, remains under investigation.

Both individuals who were in the patrol car, the Trooper who was transported by ground ambulance, and a passenger who was transported in a personal vehicle, were treated and released last night from the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. The driver of the Honda, a 25-year-old man from California was transported to the Portneuf Medical Center via air ambulance and remains hospitalized.

Idaho State Police appreciate the Bannock County Sheriff's Office for being the lead investigating agency into this incident. Assisting on scene were also members of Bannock County Search and Rescue, Downey EMS personnel, and Arimo Fire Department personnel.

Due to the ongoing investigation, no further information is available for release at this time.

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June 9, 2021 - On Wednesday, June 9, 2021, an Idaho State Police patrol car was struck by a passing motorist. The crash occurred northbound Interstate 15 at milepost 39.3 near Arimo, at approximately 5:16 P.M.

The trooper was assisting a motorist whose vehicle had caught fire. The driver of that car, a man from Downey, was in the passenger seat of the patrol car, and the Trooper was in the driver's seat. The patrol car was hit from behind by a Honda sedan, driven by a man from California.

Preliminary investigation indicates that traffic cones were out along the roadway, the patrol car had emergency lights activated and a florescent pink sign was attached to the rear of the patrol car reading "Slow Down." The patrol car was slowly moving forward in the closed right lane of travel to protect firefighting operations when it was hit.

The trooper and both of the men were transported by ground ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. Traffic was diverted for approximately 2 and a half hours to allow emergency responders to investigate.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Trooper, Two Others Injured in I-15 Collision

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District 5 5255 S. 5th Avenue, Suite 1
Pocatello, Idaho 83204
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For Immediate Release: 06/09/21 11:40 P.M.
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On Wednesday, June 9, 2021, an Idaho State Police patrol car was struck by a passing motorist. The crash occurred northbound Interstate 15 at milepost 39.3 near Arimo, at approximately 5:16 P.M.

The trooper was assisting a motorist whose vehicle had caught fire. The driver of that car, a man from Downey, was in the passenger seat of the patrol car, and the Trooper was in the driver's seat. The patrol car was hit from behind by a Honda sedan, driven by a man from California.

Preliminary investigation indicates that traffic cones were out along the roadway, the patrol car had emergency lights activated and a florescent pink sign was attached to the rear of the patrol car reading "Slow Down." The patrol car was slowly moving forward in the closed right lane of travel to protect firefighting operations when it was hit.

The trooper and both of the men were transported by ground ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. Traffic was diverted for approximately 2 and a half hours to allow emergency responders to investigate.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Motorcycle Crash US26 East of Swan Valley

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District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
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For Immediate Release: 06/09/2021 10:21 p.m.
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On Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at approximately 8:33 a.m., Idaho State Police responded to a motorcycle crash on US26 at milepost 358, east of Swan valley. Vic Sarkissian, 83, of Jackson, WY, was traveling westbound on US26 on a Honda Motorcycle when he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed. Sarkissian was transported by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. The investigating Trooper said the rider was wearing full protective gear and a helmet.

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Two Arrested Charged with Driving Under the Influence and Discharging a Firearm

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For Immediate Release: 06/09/2021 12:40 P.M.
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Idaho State Police arrested two men Tuesday after citizen reports of erratic driving and shots being fired from a vehicle on Interstate 84.

Arrested: Cornelius X. Hobbs, 28, Braxton, MS
Charged: Discharge of a Firearm (m)
Possession of an open container of alcohol - infraction

Arrested: Desmond L. Smith, 21, Mendenhall, MS
Charged: Driving under the influence - excessive (m)
Carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence (m)
Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)
Possession of an open container of alcohol (m)
Driving without privileges (m)

Beginning shortly before 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, Idaho State Police dispatchers began receiving multiple calls from motorists about an erratic driver on westbound Interstate 84 near Eagle Road. Citizens reported the driver of a black Nissan Versa was not maintaining its lane and changing multiple lanes at once. One citizen reported the suspect vehicle had driven off the interstate at Eagle Road but then drove through the dirt between the off-ramp and the freeway to get back on the interstate. Another motorist reported the driver, then eastbound, hit the concrete median damaging the vehicle but was continuing on the roadway.

A short time later, a motorist called ISP dispatch reporting seeing someone inside a vehicle matching the same description on I-84 holding a gun outside the window. The witness reported several shots were fired from the handgun.

Idaho State Police troopers and officers from local agencies were searching for the suspect vehicle. At approximately 3:20 p.m., a Meridian Police officer located the suspect vehicle just north of I-84 near S. Main Street and E. Corporate Drive in Meridian. During the investigation, Troopers arrested the driver of the vehicle, identified as Smith, and a passenger, identified as Hobbs. Both were booked into the Ada County jail on the above charges.

At this time, no injuries have been reported in connection with this incident. The incident remains under active investigation by the Idaho State Police with assistance from the Meridian and Boise Police Departments.

Investigating Troopers are asking anyone else who may have witnessed any part of this incident or has further information, to please call ISP Dispatch at 208-846-7550.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Update: Missing dog is found; Troopers still search for witnesses to the crash that caused the dog to run off

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Good news! Idaho State Police Troopers have learned the dog that ran off after a collision on the Rathdrum Prarie Sunday has been located. He's safe and was been reunited with his Hayden family earlier this morning. The dog was reportedly found on a farm near where the collision occurred.

Search for Witnesses: ISP continues to search for answers as to how the collision occurred that caused the dog to be ejected from the vehicle he was riding in. The collision occurred late Sunday morning at the intersection of SH 41 and Hayden Avenue between Post Falls and Rathdrum. Investigating Troopers say it's fortunate everyone involved in the crash is now okay, but finding out just what happened is also important. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact ISP Sergeant Allen Ashby at (208) 209-8730.

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June 7, 7:30 p.m. - On Sunday, June 6, 2021, at 11:55 a.m., Idaho State Police Troopers were called to a collision blocking the intersection of SH 41 and Hayden Avenue on the Rathdrum Prairie between Post Falls and Rathdrum in Kootenai County. The investigation into the collision is ongoing and Troopers would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

The collision involves the driver of a red 2016 GMC Yukon towing a white horse trailer westbound on Hayden Avenue attempting to turn south (left) onto SH 41 from westbound Hayden Avenue. At the same time, the driver of a silver 2005 Buick LeSabre was northbound on SH 41. The two vehicles collided in the intersection. The driver of the Buick, a man from Spirit Lake, was transported to a nearby hospital and was treated and released. No one else was injured.

Investigating Troopers would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the crash. Witnesses can contact the primary investigator, ISP Sergeant Allen Ashby at (208) 209-8730.

Additionally, ISP is asking anyone in the area of SH 41 and Hayden Avenue to be on the lookout for a dog who was ejected from the rear of the GMC as a result of the collision. The dog is a 2- year-old Border Collie Heeler mix that goes by the name "Tilly". Tilly has no tail, a dark-colored face, weighs approximately 70 pounds, and was wearing a multi-colored plaid and tan-colored collar with a name tag containing the owner's contact information.

Tilly was last seen running northwest from the crash scene through the field and has not yet been located as of the time of this release. Tilly's family is from Hayden and is doing all they can to find the dog. Anyone in the area who has seen or who finds Tilly is urged to contact the owners listed on Tilly's tag, the Idaho State Police at (208) 209-7830, or the Kootenai County Sheriff Office's Animal Control at (208) 446-1300, so Tilly can be reunited with his owners.
Thank you.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Fatal Crash South of Twin Falls

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On Monday, June 7, 2021, at 8 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle fatality crash at 3601 North 300 East, south of Twin Falls.

Joseph Doyle, 24, of Twin Falls was traveling eastbound on 3600 North in a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Ron Yates, 58, of Twin Falls, was traveling northbound on 3000 East in a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado. Doyle failed to yield to the stop sign, striking Yates' vehicle.

Doyle was not wearing his seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries on scene of the crash. Yates was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured. Next of kin has been notified. This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police. Idaho State Police was assisted by Twin Falls Sheriff's Office, Twin Falls Fire, and the Twin Falls Coroner.


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Troopers request assistance searching for witnesses - and a dog.

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On Sunday, June 6, 2021, at 11:55 a.m., Idaho State Police Troopers were called to a collision blocking the intersection of SH 41 and Hayden Avenue on the Rathdrum Prairie between Post Falls and Rathdrum in Kootenai County. The investigation into the collision is ongoing and Troopers would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the incident.

The collision involves the driver of a red 2016 GMC Yukon towing a white horse trailer westbound on Hayden Avenue attempting to turn south (left) onto SH 41 from westbound Hayden Avenue. At the same time, the driver of a silver 2005 Buick LeSabre was northbound on SH 41. The two vehicles collided in the intersection. The driver of the Buick, a man from Spirit Lake, was transported to a nearby hospital and was treated and released. No one else was injured.

Investigating Troopers would like to speak with anyone who witnessed the crash. Witnesses can contact the primary investigator, ISP Sergeant Allen Ashby at (208) 209-8730.

Additionally, ISP is asking anyone in the area of SH 41 and Hayden Avenue to be on the lookout for a dog who was ejected from the rear of the GMC as a result of the collision. The dog is a 2- year-old Border Collie Heeler mix that goes by the name "Tilly". Tilly has no tail, a dark-colored face, weighs approximately 70 pounds, and was wearing a multi-colored plaid and tan-colored collar with a name tag containing the owner's contact information.

Tilly was last seen running northwest from the crash scene through the field and has not yet been located as of the time of this release. Tilly's family is from Hayden and is doing all they can to find the dog. Anyone in the area who has seen or who finds Tilly is urged to contact the owners listed on Tilly's tag, the Idaho State Police at (208) 209-7830, or the Kootenai County Sheriff Office's Animal Control at (208) 446-1300, so Tilly can be reunited with his owners.
Thank you.

Fatality Crash i90 @ 22

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On June 7th, 2021, at approximately 8:38 AM, the Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle crash on westbound Interstate 90 near milepost 22. This is just east of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

A blue 2005 GMC Sierra, driven by Edward L. Phillips, 74 of Port Angeles, Washington was traveling westbound Interstate 90 near milepost 22, when he began slowing to a stop due to a hazard in the roadway. Alvin S. Lauter, 86, of Chicago, Illinois, was also traveling westbound behind Mr. Phillips in a blue 2019 Ford Escape. Mr. Lauter failed to stop for Phillips' slowing vehicle, when Mr. Lauter's vehicle struck the back of Phillips' vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest blocking the left hand lane. Mr. Lauter was not wearing a seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Mr. Phillips and his passenger were both wearing seatbelts and were treated and released at the scene. Next of kin has been notified, and investigation continues.

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Motorcycle Incident US26 East of Ririe

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On Sunday, June 6, 2021, at approximately 6:40 p.m., Idaho State Police responded to a motorcycle incident on US26 at milepost 357, east of Ririe. Paul Letky, 79, of Pittsburgh, PA, was traveling westbound on US26 on a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle when his passenger, Margaret Malbaurn, 73, of Lake Park, FL, fell off the back. Malbaurn was transported by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Reginal Medical Center with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Malbaurn was wearing full protective motorcycle gear, including a helmet. The investigating Trooper said the protective gear likely helped prevent serious injuries.

Idaho State Police encourage those on motorcycles to wear protective gear to help keep riders safe this summer.

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Two Vehicle Crash, One Fatality in St. Anthony

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On Sunday, June 6, 2021 at approximately 3:11 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two-vehicle, fatality crash at the intersection of S Bridge St and 6th St S, in St. Anthony.

Shay Mortimer, 51, of St. Anthony, was southbound on Bridge St. in a 2006 Pontiac Grand Am. Cassie Mortenson, 44, of Riverton, UT, was northbound on Bridge St. in a 2014 Honda Odyssey. The Pontiac crossed into the northbound lanes where it collided with the Honda.

Mortimer was transported to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg by ground ambulance, where she succumbed to her injuries. Mortimer was not wearing a seatbelt. Next of kin has been notified. Mortenson and five juveniles were transported to Madison Memorial Hospital by ground ambulance.

The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police. They were assisted at the scene by St. Anthony Police Department, Fremont County Sheriff?s Office, and South Fremont Fire and EMS.


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Additional Update: Fatal Crash In Eden

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***Update***

This vehicle was a 1923 Ford two-door passenger car, similar to a Model T.

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On Saturday, June 5, 2021, at approximately 6:06 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a crash westbound on SH25 at marker 21.9, in Eden.

Johnny B. Harral, 64, of Eden, was driving westbound on SH25 in a 1923 Ford. Harral drove off the right shoulder where the vehicle overturned and rolled. Harral, and his passenger, Jordan S. Tamcke, 22, of Twin Falls, were not wearing seatbelts and ejected from the vehicle.

Harral was transported by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls where he succumbed to his injuries. Next of kin has been notified. Tamcke was transported by ground ambulance to St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional in Twin Falls.

The westbound lane was blocked for three hours.

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Fatal Crash In Eden

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On Saturday, June 5, 2021, at approximately 6:06 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a crash westbound on SH25 at marker 21.9, in Eden.

Johnny B. Harral, 64, of Eden, was driving westbound on SH25 in a 1923 Ford. Harral drove off the right shoulder where the vehicle overturned and rolled. Harral, and his passenger, Jordan S. Tamcke, 22, of Twin Falls, were not wearing seatbelts and ejected from the vehicle.

Harral was transported by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls where he succumbed to his injuries. Next of kin has been notified. Tamcke was transported by ground ambulance to St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional in Twin Falls.

The westbound lane was blocked for three hours.

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Injury Crash SH58 Mile Post 0, South of Coeur D' Alene

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On June 5, 2021, an injury crash occurred at 1:46pm on state highway 58 near the Idaho/Washington state line, south of Coeur D' Alene.
A maroon 2002 Saturn Sedan driven by Marcus T. Ogans, 54, of Spokane, WA was traveling eastbound when he drove left of center and struck a Grey 2012 GMC Yukon towing a white 2020 Coleman Camp trailer traveling westbound, driven by Joseph A. Stuckrath, 34, of Spokane Valley WA. The Saturn came to rest in the eastbound lanes. The Yukon came to rest in the westbound lanes, while the trailer became disconnected and landed on the shoulder of the roadway.
Ogans was Life Flighted to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Joseph Stuckrath was transported to Kootenai Health. The female passenger Elizabeth Stuckrath and three juvenile passengers were taken to Kootenai Health for evaluation. State Highway 58 was blocked for about two hours and thirty minutes.

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Three Vehicle Crash on US95 Near Goodrich Road, South of Council.

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Correction:

The correct passenger of the 2016 Jeep Compass is Brianna Pixler, 23, of Hamilton, MT, not Brandy Pixler as previously stated.

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On June 5, 2021, at approximately 3:35 A.M., Idaho State Police investigated a three vehicle crash, northbound on US95 at Goodrich Road, south of Council.

Michael Garcia, 26, of Nampa was traveling northbound on US95 in a 2006 Pontiac G6. Sarah Jacobson, 42, of Cambridge, was traveling southbound on US95 in a 2016 Jeep Compass. Andrew Johnson, 73, of Regina, Saskatchewan, was traveling southbound on US95 in a 2017 Freightliner.

Garcia crossed over the center line, Jacobson attempted to avoid Garcia's vehicle by moving into the northbound lane of travel, where Garcia's vehicle side swiped Jacobson's, and came to rest on the right shoulder. Garcia continued northbound in the southbound lanes, colliding with Johnson's vehicle, coming to rest on the right shoulder, partially blocking the northbound lane of travel.

Garcia was transported via air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Jacobson and passenger, Brandy Pixer, 43, of Council were transported via ground ambulance Weiser Memorial Hospital in Weiser. Garcia, Pixler, and Johnson were wearing seatbelts. Jacobson was not wearing a seatbelt. Lanes were blocked for approximately three and a half hours. The crash is still under investigation.


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Three Vehicle Crash on US95 Near Goodrich Road, South of Council.

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On June 5, 2021, at approximately 3:35 A.M., Idaho State Police investigated a three vehicle crash, northbound on US95 at Goodrich Road, south of Council.

Michael Garcia, 26, of Nampa was traveling northbound on US95 in a 2006 Pontiac G6. Sarah Jacobson, 42, of Cambridge, was traveling southbound on US95 in a 2016 Jeep Compass. Andrew Johnson, 73, of Regina, Saskatchewan, was traveling southbound on US95 in a 2017 Freightliner.

Garcia crossed over the center line, Jacobson attempted to avoid Garcia's vehicle by moving into the northbound lane of travel, where Garcia's vehicle side swiped Jacobson's, and came to rest on the right shoulder. Garcia continued northbound in the southbound lanes, colliding with Johnson's vehicle, coming to rest on the right shoulder, partially blocking the northbound lane of travel.

Garcia was transported via air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Jacobson and passenger, Brandy Pixer, 43, of Council were transported via ground ambulance Weiser Memorial Hospital in Weiser. Garcia, Pixler, and Johnson were wearing seatbelts. Jacobson was not wearing a seatbelt. Lanes were blocked for approximately three and a half hours. The crash is still under investigation.


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Friday, June 4, 2021

Fatality Crash on US26, East of Ririe

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For Immediate Release: 06/04/2021 at 4:13 PM
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On Friday, June 4th, 2021, at 8:40 AM, Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle fatality crash on US26 at mile marker 358, east of Ririe.

Sydney J Cole, 22, of Williamsburg, Virginia, was driving a 2004 Toyota Sequoia westbound on US26 near mile marker 358. A juvenile driving a 2001 Ford ZX2 failed to yield to traffic when pulling out of their driveway and collided with Cole's vehicle. The juvenile succumbed to their injuries at scene of the crash. Next of kin has been notified.

The highway was blocked for approximately two and a half hours.

This crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.


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Fatal Crash SH3 at MP105 near Medimont, ID

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On May 16, 2021, at 11:12 am, ISP Troopers responded to a reported injury collision on SH 3 at milepost 105 in Medimont, Idaho. The subsequent investigation revealed Ms. Lisa Conn, 60 years of age from Post Falls, Idaho, was traveling northbound on SH 3 with a group of motorcycles while operating a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Conn lost control while negotiating a right curve in the roadway, drove left of center, and struck the earthen embankment off the southbound shoulder of SH 3. Conn, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, was ejected from her motorcycle. She was subsequently transported to Kootenai Health by Air Ambulance in Coeur d Alene, Idaho, for treatment. On May 26, 2021, Conn died from injuries related to the collision while at Kootenai Health.

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Injury crash eastbound I90 milepost 5.5, Post Falls

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On June 3rd, 2021, the Idaho State Police investigated an injury crash eastbound on I90 near milepost 5.5 in Post Falls. Dale Hattenburg, 70 years old of Spokane Valley, was travelling eastbound on I90 on a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle. When approaching milepost 5.5 he came upon stopped and slowed traffic due to construction in the area. Hattenburg was not able to stop his bike due to his speed and to avoid a collision with another vehicle he drove into the median. Hattenburg and his passenger, Marilyn Hattenburg, 65 years old of Spokane Valley, were both ejected from the motorcycle. Both Hattenburgs were transported to Kootenai Health. Both the driver and passenger were wearing helmets. The investigation is ongoing.
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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Injury Crash US20 Northeast of Atomic City

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On Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021, at approximately 9:35 P.M., Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle crash westbound on US20 at milepost 274, northeast of Atomic City.

Joey Morrison, 48, of Kaysville, Utah, was traveling eastbound on US20 in a 2004 Peterbilt Conventional 379 semi hauling a single trailer. Michael Sinclair, 76, of Arco, was traveling westbound in a 2004 Ford Expedition. Morrison failed to maintain his lane and drove into oncoming traffic. Sinclair in an attempt to avoid colliding with Morrison, drove off the right shoulder. Morrison drove off the road and came to rest upright in a field. Sinclair?s Ford rolled on the roadway and came to rest on its top.

Sinclair was transported by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Both lanes of US20 were blocked for approximately five hours.

Idaho State Police was assisted by Idaho National Laboratory Fire, EMS, and Security, and Idaho Falls EMS. This crash is still under investigation.

Idaho State Police reminds drivers to be attentive and cautious as they travel during the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer as the agency continues to see a record high number of injury crashes.


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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Leading into "100 Deadliest Days": 233 Seat Belt Citations, and a Tragic Memorial Day Weekend

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Leading into "100 Deadliest Days": 233 Seat Belt Citations, and a Tragic Memorial Day Weekend.


Idaho State Police Troopers wrote 233 citations to motorists for not wearing seat belts during the last two weeks in May. Through the Memorial Day weekend, Troopers responded to seven fatal crashes that tragically left 12 people dead.

"Our ISP Troopers and dispatchers connect with those involved, their families, and those who witness these very serious crashes. They're incredible professionals, yet like all Idahoans, we too felt the extreme tragedy faced by too many families this past weekend." Said ISP Colonel Kedrick Wills.

"We at ISP hope that families and communities will talk about and reinforce the importance of safe driving habits. Keeping families whole and motorists safe on our roadways is important to all of us, and the only way we can make that happen is to work together."

SAFE DRIVING HABITS:

The Idaho State Police want to remind motorists of these essential safe driving habits, and encourage friends and families to talk about safe driving habits with their loved ones:

- Buckle up: More than half of Idaho motorists killed in crashes are not buckled in.**

- Drive engaged: Keep your eyes on the road and your mind on driving. Cell phones, stereos, other technology, even pets can be a deadly distraction.

- Drive Sober: Alcohol and drugs both cause impaired driving. Buzzed driving is drunk driving.

- Keep a safe distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you. This is often a constant effort for a driver, yet following too closely reduces reaction time and increases risk of being involved in a collision.

- Avoid excessive speed and other aggressive driving behaviors. Speeding or driving too fast for conditions, ignoring traffic signals, tailgating, and weaving in and out of traffic are common causes for crashes.

For more on having a conversation with a loved one about safe and engaged driving, go to shift-idaho.org.


SEAT BELT CAMPAIGN: ISP issued 233 Citations between May 17 and May 30, 2021.

The Idaho State Police was one of 59 law enforcement agencies statewide to participate in the recent "Click It or Ticket" education and enforcement campaign.*

Between May 17 and May 30, 2021, Idaho State Police Troopers issued 233 citations to motorists for failing to properly wear safety restraints.

"I've been to so many crashes, even low speed or single-vehicle crashes, or crashes in the center of town, where a seat belt would have kept someone secure in the vehicle or otherwise prevented serious injuries." Said ISP Sgt. Steve Farley.

"In the summer when families and groups are taking more long trips, it's essential everyone is properly buckled in. It's that many more people who could be hurt, and it's tough to see crashes where those injuries may have been prevented."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has more information for parents on the proper use of car and booster seats for children. Go to nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats .


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* Additional seat belt driving patrols were funded by a grant from the Idaho Transportation Department Office of Highway Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thank you to these agencies for supporting ISP?s efforts to keep Idaho?s roadways safe.

** ITD Office of Highway Safety data shows from 2015-2019, 56% of vehicle occupants killed in Idaho were not restrained, and 1,207 unrestrained vehicle occupants were critically injured in traffic crashes.

UPDATE: 2 Vehicle Fatality Crash on US20 near Fairfield

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Caldwell's passenger has been identified as, James P. Borchers, 55, of Milwaukie, OR. Next of kin has been notified.

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On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at approximately 1:00 am, Idaho State Police investigated a fatality crash on US Highway 20 near milepost 142, west of Fairfield.

Craig S. Caldwell, 52, of Oregon City, OR, was traveling east bound on US20 in a 1999 Chevrolet Astro van. Caldwell crossed over the center line and struck a 2015 Ram 1500 pickup driven by Lancey N. Robbins, 22, of Melba, ID, who was traveling west bound.

Caldwell and a passenger succumbed to their injuries at the scene. Caldwell's passenger, Frank Brunetto, 53, of Oregon City, OR, was transported via air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, in Boise. Caldwell's next of kin has been notified.

Robbins was transported via air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Robbins' passenger, Andrew Leon, 23, of Meridian ID, was transported by ground ambulance to North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding.

All lanes of US20 were blocked for approximately 6 hours.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

2 vehicle Fatality Crash on US20 near Fairfield

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On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at approximately 1:00 AM, Idaho State Police investigated a fatality crash on US Highway 20 near milepost 142, west of Fairfield.

Craig S. Caldwell, 52, of Oregon City, OR, was traveling east bound on US20 in a 1999 Chevrolet Astro van. Caldwell crossed over the center line and struck a 2015 Ram 1500 pickup driven by Lancey N. Robbins, 22, of Melba, ID, who was traveling west bound.

Caldwell and a passenger succumbed to their injuries at the scene. Caldwell's passenger, Frank Brunetto, 53, of Oregon City, OR, was transported via air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, in Boise. Caldwell's next of kin has been notified.

Robbin's was transported via air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Robbin's passenger, Andrew Leon, 23, of Meridian ID, was transported by ground ambulance to North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding.

All lanes of US20 were blocked for approximately 6 hours.

This crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.


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Additional Update - Crash Near Richfield

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Additional Update:

Kastner and Steece were ejected from the vehicle. It is unknown if occupants were wearing seatbelts.

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Bradley J. Schepper, 21 of Twin Falls, was driving westbound on US26 in a 2011 Toyota Corolla. He had two passengers; Daniel. J. Steece, 26, of Caldwell; and Julia E. Kastner, 19, of Twin Falls. Steece was transported by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls where he succumbed to his injures. Kastner was transported by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. Schepper succumbed to his injures at the scene.

Next of kin has been notified.

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On Sunday, May 30, 2021, at approximately 8:58 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle crash on Highway 26 at milepost 187, north of Richfield. The driver lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway, and crashed.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

This crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.

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Update: Fatality Crash South Of Marsing

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Idaho State Police continue to investigate a crash that killed four people Saturday afternoon on Highway 95 just south of Marsing. Deceased are all four of the occupants traveling in a northbound Honda Civic.

Those deceased are identified as:

Melissa Rojas-Carrasco, 26, Oceanside, CA

Jasmin Rojas-Carrasco, 22, Oceanside, CA

Juan Pablo Farias, 22, Vacaville, CA

A 16-year-old girl also from Oceanside, CA. The teen has been identified and her family notified, but as a juvenile, her name is not currently available for release.

The occupants of the other vehicle involved continue to recover from their injuries.

Again, this incident remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police. Investigating Troopers appreciate the cooperation of witnesses and others involved in this tragic incident.

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Fatality Crash South Of Marsing


May 29, 2021 - Idaho State Police Troopers are investigating a head-on crash that occurred this afternoon on Highway 95 just south of Marsing. Tragically, the collision killed four people, all believed to be from California. Three others are hospitalized.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Investigating Troopers say evidence on scene indicates a Honda Civic traveling northbound collided with a GMC Sierra pickup traveling southbound. The incident was reported at 2:21 p.m. The speed limit on the highway in that area is 65 mph.

Four people were in the Honda Civic. All four are deceased. They are a male and three females ranging in age from 26 to 16. All are believed to be from Southern California.

Traveling in the GMC pickup were two males, a 21-year-old and a 16-year-old from Nampa, and a 20 year old female from Kuna. Two were taken by air ambulance, one by ground ambulance to nearby hospitals. At this time, it appears their injuries are non-life-threatening.

Following the collision, the pickup caught fire. Troopers say they spoke to a witness who stopped and helped the occupants of the pickup out of the vehicle. The fire eventually destroyed the GMC.

The on-scene investigation of the crash blocked or slowed traffic along the highway for approximately three hours.

Again, this incident remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police. Further information will be released as the investigation allows.

Update - Crash Near Richfield

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Update:

Bradley J. Schepper, 21 of Twin Falls, was driving westbound on US26 in a 2011 Toyota Corolla. He had two passengers; Daniel. J. Steece, 26, of Caldwell; and Julia E. Kastner, 19, of Twin Falls. Steece was transported by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls where he succumbed to his injures. Kastner was transported by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. Schepper succumbed to his injures at the scene.

Next of kin has been notified.

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On Sunday, May 30, 2021, at approximately 8:58 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle crash on Highway 26 at milepost 187, north of Richfield. The driver lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway, and crashed.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

This crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.

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Monday, May 31, 2021

Fatality Crash North of Sugar City

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For Immediate Release: 05/31/21 11:15 p.m.
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On Monday, May 31, 2021, at approximately 4:53 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle fatality crash, on US20, north of Sugar City.

Phillip Arave, 47, of Idaho Falls, was driving a 2020 Chevrolet Colorado Pickup, westbound on US20 at milepost 339. Arave drove off the road and collided with the cement wall of the overpass. Arave succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. Next of kin has been notified. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The westbound lanes of US20 were completely blocked for approximately 30 minutes. One westbound lane continued to be blocked for another hour and a half, until all lanes were back open.

This crash remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police. Idaho State Police was assisted by Madison County Sheriff's Office, Fremont County Sheriff's Office, and Madison County Fire and EMS.


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Injury Crash Westbound I-84 east of Hazelton

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On Monday, May 31, 2021, at 2:49 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated an injury crash westbound on I84 at mile marker 197, east of Hazelton.

Donald M. Rogers, 58, of Oakland, CA was riding a 2005 Harley Davidson. William L. Gillenwater, 56, of Idaho City, ID, was driving a 2017 Ford F350 towing a 2021 Mirage trailer. Rogers changed lanes and struck Gillenwater's vehicle.

Rogers was transported by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. Gillenwater was not transported.

Traffic was congested for two hours while crews worked to remove the wreckage. All lanes are open.

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Injury Crash on Interstate 15 Near Inkom

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On Monday May 31, 2021, at 11:25 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated an injury crash northbound I15 at milepost 61, north of Inkom.

Craig Broadbent, 43, of Rexburg, was driving northbound in a 2000 Ford Expedition pulling a 1985 camp trailer. Broadbent lost control of the vehicle and went off the right shoulder. Broadbent's passenger Carolyn Broadbent, 42, of Rexburg, and a juvenile passenger were transported by ground ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello.

The right lane of northbound I15 was blocked for approximately two hours. All occupants were wearing seatbelts. The crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.


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Crash Near Richfield

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On Sunday, May 30, 2021, at approximately 8:58 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle crash on Highway 26 at milepost 187, north of Richfield. The driver lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway, and crashed.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

This crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

DUI Driver Leads Troopers on a Chase that Included Colliding with a Patrol Car

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For Immediate Release: 05/30/2021 9:58 PM Please direct questions to the District Office

Idaho State Police have arrested and charged a Spokane man with several felonies after he was found driving under the influence of drugs in a stolen car and led police on a high speed chase. During the chase, the man hit one ISP patrol car and two other vehicles. No one was injured during the incident. The arrest occurred after the suspect got out of the stolen vehicle holding a hatchet.

What Happened:
At 4:24 p.m. this afternoon, ISP Troopers responded to a citizen call of a grey Hyundai SUV on eastbound Interstate 90 driving erratically and trying to pass other vehicles between lanes. Troopers learned a vehicle matching that description had been reported stolen in Spokane. The vehicle was located by ISP and officers with Post Falls Police stopped at a red light near I-90 and Seltice Way. A Trooper pulled behind the suspect vehicle, and as the Trooper began giving commands, the driver accelerated, driving back onto I-90 at a high rate of speed.

As the Trooper pursued the suspect vehicle, the suspect hit his brakes causing the Trooper to swerve quickly to avoid a collision. The suspect then collided with the Trooper?s vehicle. The suspect led a pursuit in excess of 110mph on I-90 and later continued driving north on Highway 95. He continued to travel at a high rate of speed and collided with two other vehicles. Later, successful spike strips slowed his vehicle near Garwood Road. The collisions caused minor damage and no injuries.

At Garwood Road and Highway 95, the suspect stopped and as he got out of the vehicle, Troopers could see he was holding a hatchet. A Kootenai County deputy on scene deployed a Taser and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

Investigating Troopers were able to identify the suspect as a fugitive from Washington State, and found evidence indicating he was under the influence of drugs during the incident. After being evaluated cleared by medical personnel on scene, Idaho State Police booked the suspect into the Kootenai County Jail.

Arrested: Jonathon D. Lewis, 33, Spokane
Charged: Driving Under the Influence (m)
Possession of Stolen Property (F)
Eluding (F)
Assault or Batter on an officer (F) 2 counts
Fugitive Warrant
Providing false information to officers (m)
Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

Assisting Idaho State Police in locating and taking this suspect into custody were deputies with the Kootenai County Sheriff Office, and officers with Post Falls, Coeur d Alene, and Spokane Police.

*Update* Fatality Crash on State Highway 25, Just East of Hazelton

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The motorcycle rider who succumbed to their injuries at the scene was Todd D. Bell, 46, of Hazelton. Next of kin has been notified.


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On Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 2:33 PM, Idaho State Police investigated a fatality crash on State Highway 25 at E 990 S, just east of Hazelton.

Rigoberto Avila Gomez, 46, of Heyburn, was travelling eastbound on State Highway 25 in a 2013 Kenworth tractor pulling an open top ag trailer. Avila Gomez attempted to turn onto E 990 S and failed to yield to a 1999 Suzuki motorcycle travelling westbound. The motorcycle collided with the side of the Kenworth tractor.

The motorcycle rider succumbed to their injuries at the scene of the crash. The rider's identity will not be released at this time pending notifications to next of kin.

The roadway was blocked for approximately 3 and a half hours.

This crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.

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Fatality Crash on State Highway 75, east of Stanley

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Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
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For Immediate Release: 05/30/2021 at 3:00 PM
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On May 30, 2021, Idaho State Police investigated a fatality crash on State Highway 75 at Basin Creek Road, east of Stanley.

In the early morning hours, Paul Vestal, 75, of Caldwell, was driving northbound on State Highway 75 in a 2012 Ford F150 when his vehicle left the roadway, drove through the Basin Creek and struck the mountain. Vestal was not wearing a seatbelt and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. Next of kin has been notified.

This crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police



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Fatal Crash Near Chubbuck

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For Immediate Release: 05/30/2021 05:15 A.M.
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On Sunday, May 30, 2021, at approximately 02:20 A.M., Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle crash near the intersection of Reservation Rd and Hiline Rd near Chubbuck.

Elias Trahant, 26, of Fort Hall, was traveling northbound on Hiline in a 2011 Dodge Avenger. Trahant went off the road and his vehicle rolled. Trahant was ejected from the vehicle. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Next of kin has been notified.

Idaho State Police was assisted by Chubbuck Police Department, Bannock County Sheriff's Office, Bannock Ambulance, and Fort Hall Fire and EMS.

This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.


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Saturday, May 29, 2021

Fatality Crash South Of Marsing

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Idaho State Police Troopers are investigating a head-on crash that occurred this afternoon on Highway 95 just south of Marsing. Tragically, the collision killed four people, all believed to be from California. Three others are hospitalized.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. Investigating Troopers say evidence on scene indicates a Honda Civic traveling northbound collided with a GMC Sierra pickup traveling southbound. The incident was reported at 2:21 p.m. The speed limit on the highway in that area is 65 mph.

Four people were in the Honda Civic. All four are deceased. They are a male and three females ranging in age from 26 to 16. All are believed to be from Southern California.

Traveling in the GMC pickup were two males, a 21-year-old and a 16-year-old from Nampa, and a 20 year old female from Kuna. Two were taken by air ambulance, one by ground ambulance to nearby hospitals. At this time, it appears their injuries are non-life-threatening.

Following the collision, the pickup caught fire. Troopers say they spoke to a witness who stopped and helped the occupants of the pickup out of the vehicle. The fire eventually destroyed the GMC.

The on-scene investigation of the crash blocked or slowed traffic along the highway for approximately three hours.

Again, this incident remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police. Further information will be released as the investigation allows.

Fatality Crash on State Highway 25, Just East of Hazelton

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For Immediate Release: 05/29/2021 07:47 PM
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On Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 2:33 PM, Idaho State Police investigated a fatality crash on State Highway 25 at E 990 S, just east of Hazelton.

Rigoberto Avila Gomez, 46, of Heyburn, was travelling eastbound on State Highway 25 in a 2013 Kenworth tractor pulling an open top ag trailer. Avila Gomez attempted to turn onto E 990 S and failed to yield to a 1999 Suzuki motorcycle travelling westbound. The motorcycle collided with the side of the Kenworth tractor.

The motorcycle rider succumbed to their injuries at the scene of the crash. The rider's identity will not be released at this time pending notifications to next of kin.

The roadway was blocked for approximately 3 and a half hours.

This crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Property Damage Crash Northbound I-15 and Eastbound US-20 in Idaho Falls

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Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
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For Immediate Release: 05/27/21 4:08 p.m.
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On Thursday, May 27, 2021, at approximately 11:41 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a single-vehicle property damage crash at the intersection of northbound I-15 and eastbound US-20, in Idaho Falls.

Allan Wiberg, 54, of Murray, UT, was driving northbound on I-15 in a 2004 Peterbilt pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with a large concrete wall. Wiberg took the northbound I-15 119 exit and attempted to make a right turn onto eastbound US-20. The concrete wall broke loose and came to rest in the median of US-20. US-20 was blocked for approximately three hours while crews worked to remove the wall.

Idaho State Police was assisted by the Idaho Transportation Department and the Idaho Falls Police Department.


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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Crash Claims One On Lake Shore Dr. South of Lake Lowell

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For Immediate Release: 05/26/21 10:10 a.m.

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On May 26, 2021, at approximately 3:34 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a fatality crash on Lake Shore Drive near Farner Road, south of Lake Lowell.

Orquidia Martinez, 19, of Nampa, was driving eastbound on Lake Shore Dr. in a 2004 Toyota Camry. Martinez drove off the right shoulder and rolled the vehicle. The Toyota Camry came to rest on the south side of the road. Martinez' passenger, Jacqueline Padron, 18, of Nampa, was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to her injuries at scene. Padron was not wearing a seat belt.

Next of kind has been notified.

Martinez was transported by ground ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Martinez' passengers, Jose Garcia, 18, of Nampa, and a juvenile passenger, were both treated at the scene and released.

Lake Shore Dr. was blocked for approximately four hours.

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Fatal Crash SH33 North of Howe

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For Immediate Release: 05/24/21 8:45 p.m.

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On Monday, May 24,2021, at 1:51 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a fatal crash on State Highway 33 at milepost 18.5, north of Howe.

Jimmy Combs, 58, of Filer, was traveling westbound on SH33 in a 2003 GMC Sierra Pickup truck pulling a 2021 Carry-On Trailer CORP with an ATV on the back of it. Donald Compton, 57, of Boise, was traveling eastbound on SH33 in a 2006 Peterbilt hauling a single wide house. Combs failed to negotiate a curve, drove into the eastbound lanes, and struck the corner of the house. Combs vehicle left the road and the ATV in the back of the trailer came out of the trailer, striking the pilot car, a 2008 Saturn driven by Mandy Zollinger, 40, of Rexburg. Combs vehicle came to rest in a field.

Combs succumbed to his injuries on scene of the crash, he was not wearing a seatbelt. Compton and Zollinger were not injured, both were wearing their seatbelts.

Next of kin has been notified. Both lanes of travel were blocked for approximately 6 hours. This crash is under investigated by the Idaho State Police.


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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Single Vehicle Rollover Northbound State Highway 77 at milepost 22, near Albion.

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On Saturday, May 23, 2021 at 6:27 a.m. the Idaho State Police investigated a one vehicle rollover on northbound State Highway 77 at milepost 22, near Albion.

Mia Martinez, 18, of Burley, was driving a 2004 Mini Cooper when she drove off the right shoulder. Martinez over corrected, lost control, and overturned on the right away. Martinez and her two juvenile passengers were transported by personal vehicle to the Cassia Regional Medical Center of Burley.


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Friday, May 21, 2021

Law Enforcement Warns of Sharp Increase in Fentanyl-Related Fatal Overdoses in Kootenai County

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For Immediate Release: 05/21/2021 10:45 AM
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Today, law enforcement officials from Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S Attorney's Office, Idaho State Police, Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene Police Departments are warning the public about a sharp increase in fatal overdoses connected to the highly potent and often deadly drug, fentanyl.

Over the last eight days, five fatal overdoses have been reported in Kootenai County involving counterfeit prescription pills and other illicit narcotics suspected to be laced with fentanyl. These deaths involve four males and one female ranging in age from 15 to 60. It appears at this time all five deaths were accidental and unrelated.

While police are investigating the sources, they hope to halt the deadly trend by alerting the public and encouraging parents to talk to their teens about the dangers of these narcotics.

Anyone with information on who is supplying counterfeit prescription pills is urged to contact Idaho State Police at the Idaho Drug Tip Hotline 1-800-524-7277 or the Coeur d'Alene Police Department at 208-769-2320.

Nationally, overdose deaths continue to rise at alarming rates, with a noticeable increase during the pandemic. Nearly 90,000 people died as a result of drug overdose in the United States from November 1, 2019, through October 31, 2020, the largest number of drug-related deaths recorded within a single year, and more than 74 percent of those deaths involved an opioid. Overdose deaths involving a synthetic opioid rose 54.7 percent and appear to be the primary driver of the increase in total overdose deaths.

In Kootenai County last year, overdose deaths rose by 37 percent, from 24 in 2019 to 33 in 2020.

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, and up to 50 times more potent than heroin. Even tiny doses, as little as two milligrams, the size of two grains of salt, is a fatal dose for most people. Mexican drug cartels are manufacturing mass quantities of fentanyl and counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl for distribution throughout North America.

Counterfeit prescription pills look exactly like legitimate prescription pills and are incredibly dangerous because the amount of fentanyl varies from each pill, even in the same batch. In other words, there is no way to tell whether a pill purchased illicitly on the internet or the street is actually Oxycodone or a more powerful drug.

Unless prescription drugs are obtained from an authorized medical provider or pharmacy, the public should not consume or even handle these pills. The synthetic opioids contained in them are often lethal if consumed even if in the smallest amounts, and may be lethal simply touching them. All Idahoans are urged to only use prescription drugs prescribed to them by legitimate health care providers and obtained from their pharmacy.

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The attached images are of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl, including images taken of drug seizures in North Idaho and Eastern Washington.

Photos Courtesy of the DEA.

Update: Crash on US-95 North of Homedale

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For Immediate Release: 05/21/2021 9:05 a.m.
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Update: Information provided to ISP by medical personnel this morning indicates that, at this time, it appears all involved in yesterday's crash on US 95 near Homedale will recover from their injuries. All remain hospitalized, including the two teens, reported to be from Canyon County, and the couple from Wilder.

This incident remains under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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May 20, 2021 - On Thursday, May 20, 2021, at approximately 11:14 a.m., Idaho State Police investigated a crash southbound on US-95 near milepost 35.5, just north of Homedale.

A juvenile was driving a 2013 Nissan Altima southbound on US-95. Gerald A. Brown, 74, of Wilder, ID was driving a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, northbound on US-95. The juvenile failed to negotiate a curve, crossed left of center, hitting Brown head-on.

The juvenile driver was transported by ground ambulance and a juvenile passenger was transported by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Gerald Brown and his passenger Pamela J. Brown, 67, of Wilder, were transported by ground ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

The juveniles were not wearing seatbelts. Gerald and Pamela Brown were wearing seatbelts.

All lanes of US-95 were blocked for approximately two and a half hours.

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