Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2 treated and released following Friday crash

One driver cited for ‘failure to maintain traffic lane’


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    A 26-year-old Bellevue woman and her 1-year-old daughter were treated and released at St. Luke’s Wood River following a two-vehicle midday crash last Friday on state Highway 75 just south of its intersection with Hospital Drive.
    The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as Kami Merritt. She and her daughter were taken to the hospital by Ketchum Fire Department ambulance.
    The accident occurred at about 12:40 p.m. Sheriff Gene Ramsey said Merritt was northbound in a Jeep Cherokee when her vehicle was hit in the side by a southbound Nissan driven by Shelley Coben, 56, of Hailey. Ramsey said Coben, apparently driving inattentively, crossed the centerline of the highway to strike the Merritt vehicle.
    Ramsey said Coben was issued a citation alleging “failure to maintain traffic lane.”
    Both northbound and southbound traffic was rerouted away from the accident scene for about 45 minutes onto Broadway Run.


Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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