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Wednesday, June 2, 2004


Extreme rollover kills Salt Lake City woman

Express Staff Writer

A Salt Lake City woman was killed early Sunday morning when her car rolled an estimated 10 times in a single-car accident north of Ketchum. Police believe the woman was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Stacy D. Vanwinkle, 30, was killed in an accident approximately 3 miles north of Ketchum near Glassford Heights. Police investigating the accident estimate Vanwinkle was traveling 95 mph before losing control of the 2001 Volkswagon Jetta she had borrowed from her boyfriend earlier that night.

The car was totaled, and wreckage was spread around the highway.

"A passenger door was found on the other side of the road," Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling said. "It just kind of came apart."

While traveling south through a long, right-bearing turn, Vanwinkle crossed the north-bound lane and went onto the shoulder on the east side of the highway, Femling said.

"She traveled on the left shoulder for 350 feet. Her vehicle started to roll. We estimate it rolled 10 times, and it rolled 735 feet," Femling said.

Authorities are unsure about when the accident happened. Interviews with people who had been with Vanwinkle on Saturday, May 29, and early on Sunday, May 30, indicate she left Ketchum between 1:40 and 2 a.m. No Glassford Heights residents have reported hearing the accident, Femling said.

"We were notified of wreckage at Glassford Heights at 5:20 a.m.," Femling said.

He added that Vanwinkle’s boyfriend was playing in a band at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum. Salt Lake City-based Purdy Mouth played there that night.

She was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center later that morning.

Vanwinkle was not wearing a seat belt. A blood sample taken at the hospital indicated that her blood alcohol was above the legal limit, Femling said.

Femling said the accident is an example of how not to drive.

"No seat belts, speeding, drinking—it’s fatal," he said.


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