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Posted on: May 6, 2019

Press Release – Fatal Crash on Hwy 20

On Saturday May 4, 2019 at approximately 10:05 a.m., deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle rollover on U.S. Highway 20 near milepost 191 near the Susie Q Ranch east of Picabo, Idaho.

Dakota R. Pettit, age 19 of Carey, Idaho, was the sole occupant in a 1996 white Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling eastbound on Hwy 20. Deputies determined Pettit’s vehicle left the right side of the road and traveled briefly on the shoulder. As the vehicle re-entered onto the roadway, it began an uncontrolled skid into the westbound lane. The accident reconstruction investigation indicates Pettit attempted a steering correction, but the vehicle overturned and rolled approximately 1 ½ times before landing on it roof. Pettit, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected in the crash, and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

“We have seen an increase in serious accidents for this time of year,” said Sheriff Steve Harkins. “Please remember to drive safely, wear your seat belts and obey all traffic laws.”

Sheriff Steve Harkins

Posted May 6, 2019 11:15 am

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