Series of rollovers concern officials
Three groups of teens involved
By MATT FURBER
Express Staff Writer
Rollover accidents involving young drivers
in the past week brought back memories of a lethal season of car accidents in
Blaine County last year, said Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling.
On Thursday, June 17, at about 9:45 p.m.
three Wood River High School students were involved in a single-car crash on
Lower Broadford Road south of Hailey, Femling said. Flown by helicopter for
critical care in Boise, two of the students are still being treated. A
passenger, Jess Matey, is in a coma, according to a Web site set up especially
for the accident victim.
At nearly the same time another single-car
accident involving two teenagers occurred on Warm Springs Road. Both teenagers
walked away from the accident, Femling said.
Earlier in the week, Tuesday, June 15,
another single-car rollover accident involving four teenagers occurred on a dirt
road south of Trail Creek Road. Although two of the passengers were taken in a
private vehicle to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, they were checked for
injuries and released, Femling said.
Sean Logullo, 16, of Hailey, the driver of
a 2001 Ford Explorer that rolled in the Broadford Road accident, and front-seat
passenger Matey, 16, of Bellevue are being treated for injuries at St. Alphonsus
Regional Medical Center in Boise.
The third passenger in the vehicle, Curtis
Johnston-Hopfenbeck, 17 lives on Lower Broadford Road and was uninjured in the
incident, Femling said.
Femling said the accident occurred when
Logullo missed a curve in the road while driving too fast. The boys had to be
extricated from the vehicle, which hit a split-rail fence and two trees before
it stopped, he said.
"The roof caved right on top of them,"
Femling said. "There are some 15 mile per hour curves (on Lower Broadford Road).
Going into (those) curves at 50 miles per hour you’re not going to make it."
Femling said the three teenagers were
traveling south from Hailey at the time of the accident.
Heidi Emery of AmeriTitle in Ketchum said
the company is making donations to the parents of the two boys to help pay for
hotel rooms in Boise. Anyone wishing to help contribute to the parents’ expenses
can contact Emery at 726-4595 or P.O. Box 188 in Ketchum. The Web site,
http://jess.matey.1colony.com, provides more information about Matey and how
to reach the family.
Logullo is in good condition, said a
The rollover on Warm Springs Road, also on
June 15, involved Olivia Storms Parker, 15, of Sun Valley. She was driving a
1999 Ford Expedition. She and her passenger, Kodi Hess, 15, of Hailey were both
Parker was eastbound on Warm Springs Road
near Frenchman’s Bend when she overcorrected and hit the shoulder, Femling said.
The Trail Creek accident on June 15
involved driver Tyrone Ray, 18, of Sun Valley and passengers Whit Harbaugh, 18,
of Ketchum, Ashley Hurley, 17, living in the Starweather subdivision in Blaine
County and Rebecca Schwarzenberger, 18, of Hailey. Hurley and Harbaugh were
checked for injuries and released at St. Luke’s after being transported in a
private car to the hospital.
"Ray swerved to avoid a deer and went off
the roadway," Femling said. The 2004 Buick Ranier overturned and rolled 90 feet
down an embankment on Corral Creek Road about 3.6 miles south of Trail Creek
Femling said the spate of accidents is
reminiscent of several incidents that resulted in the fatalities of several
teenagers on Blaine County highways last year.
"It’s damn scary. (Last year) was a damn
terrible year and we’re reliving it ... right now," he said. "There is still a
lot of pain in this community from last year. It is a tragic thing to see kids
that you know going through that."
St. Luke’s Emergency Room Physician Jan
Rosenquist said traffic-related accidents that began most recently with the
death of pedestrian Janice Louise Hawkins in Hailey have been sobering for the
EMS workers at the hospital. She said it is a reminder that the Wood River
Valley is growing and part of the problem is that people are traveling at speeds
that may have been appropriate 25 years ago when there was less traffic on the