Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Crash victims treated and released at St. Luke?s

Express Staff Writer

Two people injured in a head-on collision near Timmerman Hill south of Bellevue on Tuesday, Dec. 18, were treated at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center and released later that day.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office identified the victims Friday as Margaret Cassidy, a 77-year-old Hailey woman, and Michael Durand, 41, of Richfield. Both were the sole occupants of their vehicles.

The accident was reported to the sheriff's office at 6:48 a.m. on Dec. 18. The location was milepost 97 on state Highway 75, which is about three miles south of the summit of Timmerman.

But 13 minutes before that, the sheriff's office received a report of a southbound vehicle driven erratically on the highway south of Bellevue. The vehicle was later identified as the one driven by Cassidy and involved in the head-on collision.

It was snowing heavily at the time, and sheriff's Lt. Jay Davis said Cassidy may have been disoriented "and didn't know where to be on the road."

"She sideswiped a couple of vehicles and then hit one head-on," Davis said.

He said Cassidy was cited for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road.

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