Friday, May 16, 2008

Authorities still investigating Hunt death

Express Staff Writer

A poster in the window of Gary Huntís Ketchum bookstore expresses a sentiment many members of the community have felt since Hunt died last weekend. Photo by David N. Seelig

No new information was available Thursday on circumstances leading to the traffic accident last week that claimed the life of Iconoclast Books owner Gary Hunt.

Blaine County authorities continue to investigate the accident to determine why Hunt lost control of his vehicle, a silver-and-gray 2003 GMC Yukon. The accident occurred around midnight Friday on state Highway 75 just north of East Fork Road. Hunt's vehicle, headed north, crossed the highway and crashed into a three-rail fence on the west side of the road.

Blaine County Coroner Russ Mikel said Hunt was pronounced dead around 4 a.m. Saturday from "multiple trauma to the abdomen and chest." Mikel had no new information Thursday.

"We're waiting on our lab work," he said. "Usually we would have it back by now but we don't."

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office had no new information to release either.

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