Friday, February 2, 2007

Bellevue man charged in death of Mark Fisher

Complaint alleges Edgar was driver in fatal crash

Express Staff Writer

Mark Fisher

The Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office filed a criminal complaint this week in the vehicle death last summer of prominent Bellevue businessman Mark Fisher.

The complaint alleges that Randall L. Edgar, who was 50 at the time of the fatal accident, was the driver of a vehicle that rolled on June 3, 2006, five miles east of Bellevue on Muldoon Canyon Road. Fisher, 40, was pinned underneath the vehicle, a 1966 red Toyota pickup owned by Edgar, and died at the scene, according to the Blaine County Sheriff's Office.

Edgar, of Bellevue, was not arrested but was served instead on Wednesday with a criminal complaint charging him with felony vehicular manslaughter and a summons ordering him to appear in court. An initial hearing was scheduled for Feb. 26 in 5th District Magistrate Court in Hailey.

Under Idaho law, conviction of vehicular manslaughter is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up $15,000.

According to court records, Edgar is represented by Hailey attorney Douglas Nelson.

Although the sheriff's office completed an investigation of the accident in mid-June, a charging determination in the case was delayed for several months while Idaho State Police crash expert Cpl. Fred Rice completed an accident reconstruction analysis. That study was requested by Prosecuting Attorney Jim Thomas, who said earlier that no decision about filing charges would be made until the analysis was completed.

According to the sheriff's office, Edgar told investigators following the accident that Fisher was driving the pickup when it rolled. The men were returning to Bellevue from Carey when the vehicle failed to negotiate a corner and rolled at about 11:30 p.m. A sheriff's report from 2006 alleged that the two men had been drinking.

Edgar received head injuries and a broken arm in the crash and was treated at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

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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