3 Vehicle Fatal Crash SH 75 at Mile Post 97.4
4/14/2010 9:35:17 AM
Lt. Curtis Miller
On Friday October 30, 2009 at approximately 1239 hours, the Blaine County Communications Center received a report of a 3-vehicle crash on State Highway 75, south of the Timmerman Rest Area. 32 year old Keith Lott, of Twin Falls, was driving northbound in a white 2004, Dodge Sprinter, flatbed truck, with a passenger identified as 31 year old Donald Lott, also of Twin Falls. 38 year old Dionicio Crispin Yauri, of Ketchum, 21 year Mariela Bernardino Melchon, of Ketchum, and 37 year old Eliana Bobadilla, of Ketchum, were all travelling northbound in a black, 1997 Buick Regal. At this time it is not known who was driving the Regal, as all three were ejected during the crash. 45 year old Bobby P. Roberts, of Twin Falls, 27 year old Wes Broadbent, of Alpine, Utah, and 37 year old Pascal Meyer, of Sandy, Utah, were all travelling southbound in a silver, 2008 GMC Denali.
The crash initial investigation has determined through evidence at the scene and witness statements the following: the driver of the Buick Regal attempted to pass Lott’s Dodge truck in a no-passing zone. As Roberts’ Denali rounded the curve and crested a slight hill, the Buick swerved back into the northbound lane of travel, and collided with Lott’s Dodge truck. After this initial collision, Lott’s truck traveled right, towards the shoulder, and then came back onto the highway, again colliding with the Buick. This second collision caused the Buick to cross the center line of the highway and collide with Roberts’ Denali, near the southbound fog line. The force of the crash caused the Buick to turn approximately 270 degrees, ejecting all three occupants. None of the Buicks occupants are believed to have been wearing seatbelts, and succumbed to their injuries at the crash scene. The Denali continued its southbound direction of travel and left the roadway on the west side of the highway. The Denali came to rest facing east approximately 100 feet off the highway and the point of impact.
Roberts’ was airlifted to St. Luke’s Magic Valley, by Air Saint Luke’s, with unknown injuries. Broadbent, Pascal, David Lott, and Keith Lott, were transported to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, by ground ambulance. Broadbent suffered chest, back, and collarbone injuries. Pascal suffered back and leg injuries. Keith Lott suffered abdominal and back injuries, and Donald Lott suffered neck and back injuries. None of the injuries appear life threatening. Broadbent and Pascal were airlifted from St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center to Salt Lake City, so they could recover closer to their home.
The highway was closed to all traffic for approximately 2 ½ hours. The southbound Highway 75 traffic was diverted east or west at the intersection of State Highway 75 and US 20. The Idaho Transportation Department placed a reader board, north of Shoshone, advising northbound traffic of the highway closure.
Agencies that responded to the scene were the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, Wood River Fire and Rescue, Hailey Fire, the Carey Quick Response Unit, the Idaho State Police, and the Idaho Transportation Department.
The crash is still under investigation by the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho State Police.