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Posted on: September 23, 2019

Press Release – Three Teens Involved in Fatal Rollover

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, at approximately 4:16 p.m. Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single-vehicle rollover with injuries on Highway 75 near Lake Creek Drive located north of Ketchum, Idaho.

The vehicle, a tan 2001 GMC Yukon, was driven by a 16-year-old female.  Two passengers were also in the vehicle, a 17-year-old male and a 15-year-old female. All three occupants were local residents. One of the teens died as a result of the crash.

Crash scene investigation indicates the vehicle left the roadway on the right shoulder and upon returning to the lane rolled approximately one and a quarter turns coming to rest on the passenger side in the northbound lane. The 15-year-old female back seat passenger was found unresponsive and life-saving efforts were immediately begun by medical personnel. She was transported to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center by ground ambulance but later succumbed to life-ending injuries at the hospital. It is unknown if the 15-year-old female was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver, a 16-year-old female from Ketchum, Idaho and the front seat passenger, a 17-year-old male of Hailey, Idaho stated they were both wearing their seatbelts and were treated for minor injuries.  The driver and male passenger of the vehicle also stated there was a wasp or bee that had entered the car which may have contributed to the cause of the crash.  The accident remains under investigation.   

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Posted September 23, 2019 12:00 pm

CONTACT:    Holly Carter – Blaine County Sheriff’s Office (208) 788-5536    End.### 

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