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For the week of October 15 - 21, 2003


Hailey woman dies in crash with truck

Express Staff Writer

A Hailey woman was killed last week when her vehicle veered across Highway 75 south of Bellevue and careened into a gravel-filled dump truck.

According to authorities, Deborah S. Youngblood, 49, a speech pathologist with the Blaine and Camas County school districts, died at the scene of the accident. Louis E. Whitesell, 60, of Jerome, was transported to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center and was listed in stable condition.

The accident occurred on Thursday, Oct. 9, at about 10 a.m. near the highway’s intersection with Glendale Road.

According to a press release from the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, Youngblood was driving south in a 1998 Honda CRV. Whitesell was driving north in a 1982 Peterbilt dump truck, which was loaded with gravel.

An investigation at the crash scene showed that Youngblood had traveled completely over the highway’s center line and into the north bound lane, where it was stuck head-on by the Peterbilt, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Traffic in both lanes was detoured until about 11:55 a.m., when one lane was reopened.

Both vehicles and debris were removed and the highway completely reopened at about 1:30 p.m.

Officers do not believe excessive speed, alcohol or mechanical problems caused the accident.

Youngblood was born in 1954 in Fairview, Olka.

She is survived by her father, G. Dean White, of Enid, Okla., and two brothers. Her mother, Beatrice J. H. White, preceded her in death.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Oct. 13, at the Wood River Middle School. Cremation preceded the service, said Wood River Chapel funeral director Russ Mikel.

An obituary appears on Page A25 of the printed edition of the October 15, 2003 Idaho Mountain Express.



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