Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Two teens, 17, killed in highway collision with cow

Express Staff Writer

Two Wood River Valley teenagers were killed Monday night after colliding with a Black Angus cow, Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling said.

Femling said the accident occurred about 10:30 p.m. as the driver of a 1982 Honda Civic attempted to pass another driver southbound on state Highway 75 near milepost 93, south of the Timmerman Hill junction,

The driver, Sigifredo Paredes, 17, of Hailey, and passenger Servando Cornjo-Rodriguiz, also 17, who had been living and working in Carey, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident near the Richfield Canal.

Paredes was a student at Wood River High School. Plans are for their bodies to be shipped to their homeland of Mexico following funeral services to be scheduled.

A second passenger in the vehicle, Fernando Hurtado, 16, was taken by helicopter to Magic Valley Regional Medical Center in Twin Falls, where he is reported in stable condition.

Femling said the driver of a vehicle Paredes was attempting to pass said he heard a loud concussion behind his vehicle as Paredes' Honda came forward. He added that the driver, Thomas Pflum, of Kimberly, turned around to see what happened and was "upset" by the scene.

"He had to have someone drive him home because he was upset," Femling said, adding that the accident is still under investigation. "A Black Angus cow standing in the road went through the car windshield and killed (the) two 17-year-olds."

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