Wednesday, April 23, 2008

4 injured in Saturday crash

Victims treated and released at St. Luke’s

Express Staff Writer

Four people were transported with minor injuries to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center following a three-car collision Saturday afternoon on state Highway 75 north of Hailey.

The crash occurred shortly after 5 p.m. near the entrance to Chapman Ranch just south of the highway's intersection with Buttercup Road. It was the second injury accident in the same area in less than a week. The earlier accident occurred on Monday, April 14, and sent two people to St. Luke's.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office identified the victims from Saturday's crash as Jose Luis Sibrian, a 47-year-old Hailey man, Beatrice Lira, 39, of Hailey, Cristen Fitzgerald, 19, of Shoshone, and Patrick Aaron Beard, 29, of Twin Falls. Lira was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Sibrian and Beard was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Fitzgerald. All the injured were treated and released at the hospital.

They were taken to the hospital by ambulances from Wood River Fire and Rescue and the Ketchum Fire Department.

Sheriff's Lt. Jay Davis said the accident occurred when Kelly Chapman, 16, of Hailey, driving a 2003 Hyundai Elantra, was making a left-hand turn into Chapman Ranch from the northbound lane of the highway. Sibrian, driving a 1999 Ford Taurus, stopped behind Chapman and was struck by a 1996 Nissan Maxima driven by Fitzgerald. The impact pushed the Sibrian vehicle into the car driven by Chapman, who wasn't injured.

Davis said Fitzgerald was issued a citation alleging inattentive driving.

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