Three Wood River Valley residents were killed in a two-vehicle, head-on collision on state Highway 75 south of Ketchum on Wednesday morning.
First-responders and deputies from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched at 9:54 a.m. to the crash scene, just south of the Elkhorn Road intersection with Highway 75.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, a 2010 black Volvo driven by Peter Jarvis, 82, of Sun Valley, was traveling southbound on the highway “when it left its lane, crossed over the center lane divider, and entered into the northbound lane of traffic.” Jarvis’ vehicle struck a 2007 white Toyota pickup truck driven by Piper Reed, 34, of Ketchum, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Jarvis died at the scene. His passenger and wife, Sally Jarvis, 82, later died at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center. Reed also died at the hospital from injuries suffered in the crash. Reed’s golden retriever, Remy, was also killed in the collision.
All of the occupants were wearing seatbelts, the Sheriff’s Office stated. No other vehicles were involved.
The incident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
The highway was closed for about two and a half hours while first-responders from the Ketchum and Sun Valley fire departments and Wood River Fire & Rescue responded to and worked at the scene. Limited traffic was allowed to pass through for part of that time.
“We send our thoughts and prayers to all those involved in this collision,” Sheriff Steve Harkins stated. “We also would like to thank our first responders for the extremely difficult and challenging job they often face. Our community has already experienced several tragedies this year on our roadways, and I would like to remind everyone to drive safely, drive respectfully and drive undistracted.”
Reed was a recent graduate of the local fire academy and a member of the Ketchum Sun Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association. The association issued a statement via its Facebook page Wednesday following the accident:
“We lost a great young firefighter in a traffic accident today. Piper Reed had just completed the academy. We are devasted. No words can express our pain. Our deepest condolences to the Reed and Jarvis families and friends.”
Peter Jarvis had been a judge on the King County Superior Court in Washington. Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Jarvis moved to Seattle with his family when he was 2, according to the Seattle Times.
Sally Jarvis was president of the University of Washington Alumni Association for some time and was also a trustee of Bellevue Community College in Washington, according to the Seattle Times. The couple had four children and a dozen grandchildren. They enjoyed skiing, hiking, biking, golfing and playing pickleball.