Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Hailey man killed in vehicle crash

Restored 1967 Chevy pickup hits traffic signal pole

Express Staff Writer

A Hailey man was killed Saturday evening after he crashed his restored 1967 Chevrolet pickup into a traffic signal pole in south Hailey.

Hailey police identified the man as 50-year-old William D. McKee, who lived on Ponderosa Drive in the Woodside area of southeast Hailey.

The accident occurred at about 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of state Highway 75 and Fox Acres Road.

"By the impact of the truck, he was traveling at a high rate of speed," said Hailey police Lt. Jeff Gunter. "There were no skid marks, no sliding marks, no brake marks."

Gunter said McKee was not wearing a seatbelt. He said police are investigating to see if alcohol played a part in the accident and whether McKee may have passed out while driving.

Hailey police officers administered CPR to McKee until a Wood River Fire & Rescue ambulance arrived and transported the victim to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

"He never regained consciousness," said Wood River Fire & Rescue Chief Bart Lassman. "He was not restrained and the truck he was driving did not have air bags."

Blaine County Coroner Russell Mikel said McKee suffered severe chest injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 9:25 p.m.

Express staff writer Jody Zarkos contributed to this report.

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