Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Investigation into Fisher death stalls

Authorities waiting for ISP analysis

Express Staff Writer

Mark Fisher

An investigation into the death last summer of Bellevue businessman Mark Fisher has bogged down as Blaine County authorities wait for the results of an accident reconstruction analysis.

In late June, Idaho State Police were requested to analyze the vehicle accident that killed Fisher. More than three months later, the analysis is still not done and Blaine County authorities don't know when it will be completed.

ISP acknowledged Tuesday that the accident reconstruction, being done by crash expert Cpl. Fred Rice, still isn't finished.

"Basically, the whole process is still being investigated," said ISP Trooper Steve Kissik, adding that Rice is the agency's top expert in accident reconstruction analysis.

At stake is a determination of who was driving the vehicle when it rolled, Fisher, or the other occupant, Randall L. Edgar, 50, of Bellevue.

Fisher, 40, was killed on June 3 when a red 1966 Toyota pickup owned by Edgar rolled on Muldoon Canyon Road east of Bellevue. According to the sheriff's office, Fisher and Edgar were apparently returning to Bellevue from Carey when the vehicle failed to negotiate a sharp turn.

The sheriff's office reported in June that Edgar, who received head injuries in the crash, told investigating officers that Fisher was the driver.

According to the sheriff's office, both men were reported to have been drinking earlier in the day.

The sheriff's office completed an investigation in mid-June and forwarded a report to Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Thomas, who initiated the request for the ISP accident reconstruction analysis.

Thomas said in June that criminal charges could be filed if it was determined that Fisher was not the driver.

Fisher was well known in the Wood River Valley. He was the owner of 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.

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