Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Sheriff completes accident investigation

Prosecutor reviewing evidence in death of restaurant owner

Express Staff Writer

Mark Fisher

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office has completed its investigation into the death of Bellevue restaurant owner Mark Fisher, who was killed earlier this month in a one-vehicle rollover on Muldoon Canyon Road east of Bellevue.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jay Davis said Monday that the investigation was concluded last week and the information delivered to the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

"So, as soon as we hear from the prosecutor, we'll have an answer," Davis said.

Prosecuting Attorney Jim Thomas said he received the report Tuesday. "We are reviewing the case file to determine the circumstances of Mark Fisher's death and to determine whether he was in fact the driver," Thomas said.

"Obviously, if Fisher was not the driver, the charge could run anywhere from felony aggravated DUI to vehicular manslaughter for the driver of the vehicle. We hope to have a charging decision by the end of the week, assuming we have all the necessary information contained in the file," Thomas said.

Fisher, 40, was an occupant in a red 1966 Toyota pickup, which rolled over and pinned him underneath the evening of June 3. A second occupant, Randall L. Edgar, 50, of Bellevue, was treated for head injuries at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center and later released.

According to Davis, Edgar told investigating officers that Fisher was driving the pickup. The vehicle, however, is registered to Edgar, he said.

Officers also investigated if alcohol was involved. Both Fisher and Edgar were reported to have been drinking earlier in the day.

Fisher and Edgar were apparently returning to Bellevue from Carey by way of Muldoon Canyon Road when the vehicle failed to negotiate a sharp turn and rolled five miles east of Bellevue.

Fisher was well known in the Wood River Valley. He was the owner of the Mama Inez Mexican restaurant on Main Street in Bellevue. The establishment was moved to Bellevue in 2005 from its location in Ketchum, where it had been since 1987.

Fisher was buried June 10 in Challis. He left behind a wife, Danette, and two sons, Gavin, 17, and Gabriel, 11.

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