Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Accident victims treated and released

Express Staff Writer

Four people injured in a traffic accident last week south of Ketchum were treated for minor injuries at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center and released from the hospital later that day.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office identified the victims Monday as Pedro Marquez, 38, of Hailey, Aliki Georgakopoulos, 36, of Ketchum, and two children, ages 5 and 7, who were passengers in the Georgakopoulos vehicle.

The accident occurred just before 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, at the intersection of state Highway 75 and Broadway Run near The Meadows mobile-home park.

Sheriff's Lt. Jay Davis said Georgakopoulos was southbound in a 2008 GMC Envoy when she lost control of her vehicle on the slick roadway. The Envoy then veered into the northbound lane, spun around facing north and was struck in the back by a 1992 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Marquez.

Davis said all four of the occupants of the two vehicles were wearing safety belts. The injured were transported to the hospital by ambulances from the Ketchum Fire Department and Wood River Fire & Rescue.

Davis said Marquez was issued citations alleging failure to purchase a driver's license and failure to provide proof of insurance.

The sheriff's office is investigating reports that the accident may have been caused by a Mountain Rides commuter bus that reportedly pulled onto the highway in front of the Georgakopoulos vehicle.

The accident tied up rush-hour commuter traffic for more than an hour as traffic was reduced to a single lane.

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