The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police responded to a fatal single-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. Highway 20 near the Susie Q Ranch east of Picabo on Saturday morning in which the sole occupant of the vehicle died at the scene.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies and state police responded to the rollover just after 10 a.m. The accident closed both directions of the highway for three hours and the cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies determined that the driver, Dakota R. Pettit, 19, of Carey, was the sole occupant in a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee traveling east on Highway 20 when his Jeep left the right side of the road, traveled briefly on the shoulder and then returned to the roadway, where it made an uncontrolled skid into the westbound lane.
An accident reconstruction investigation indicates that Pettit attempted a steering correction, but the Jeep overturned and rolled approximately one and a half times before landing on its roof, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Pettit, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was ejected during the crash and succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
“We have seen an increase in serious accidents for this time of year,” Sheriff Steve Harkins said. “Please remember to drive safely, wear your seat belt and obey all traffic laws.”
Pettit was a 2018 graduate of the Carey School.