Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Hailey attorney struck by snowplow

Kevin Cassidy treated and released at St. Luke’s

Express Staff Writer

Hailey attorney Kevin Cassidy was treated and released at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center after he was struck by a snowplow Monday morning in downtown Hailey.

Hailey police reported that the accident occurred at 10:24 a.m. at the intersection of Main and Bullion streets. Police Chief Jeff Gunter said Cassidy was walking east across Main Street when he was struck by a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup with a snow blade attached to the front.

The pickup, driven by Joshua Rand, a 32-year-old Bellevue man, was eastbound on Bullion and was turning north onto Main Street when the accident occurred, Gunter said.

"He (Cassidy) pushed the button and was crossing when the light told him to," Gunter said. "The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian."

Cassidy, 53, was transported to the hospital by a Wood River Fire and Rescue ambulance. Gunter said Cassidy's injuries didn't appear to be life threatening.

"The weather conditions kept the speed down and probably prevented a more severe accident," he said.

Cassidy, an attorney with the Roark Law Firm, seemed in good spirits Tuesday.

"I'm a lucky guy—now I can tell people I really know what it's like to get plowed," he said.

Firm attorney Douglas Nelson said Cassidy is "banged up and sore."

He's got nine stitches in his nose that was broken, but he's a tough guy," Nelson said.

Cassidy nonetheless was on light work duty Tuesday and most of his court appearances were rescheduled.

While slick roads were not a factor in the accident, Gunter said it was the ninth traffic mishap in Hailey within the past week. No one required hospitalization in the other accidents, which Gunter said were mainly "slide-offs and fender-benders."

Gunter said roads have generally been slicker in the Hailey area than elsewhere in the Wood River Valley.

"Roads her are slicker because warmer temperatures melt the snow and then it freezes again," he said. "People need to slow down and drive carefully. As the storms continue, people get a little more confidant and they shouldn't."

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