Wednesday, March 11, 2009

State police investigate traffic death

Woman hit by police vehicle near Shoshone

Express Staff Writer

Idaho State Police reported Monday that they are investigating the death of a Shoshone woman who was struck by a Lincoln County Sheriff's Office vehicle Saturday evening on state Highway 75 south of Shoshone.

ISP identified the victim as 29-year-old Terra Mussaw. She was traveling southbound near the Lincoln-Jerome county line in a Dodge Neon driven by her husband, Christopher Mussaw, when she "opened the passenger door and for unknown reasons left the moving vehicle," ISP reported in a press release.

The woman was then struck by a vehicle driven by Deputy Mike Bright, who was southbound behind the Mussaw vehicle with his emergency lights activated while en route to a report of a deer struck by a vehicle.

"The deputy swerved, but was unable to avoid Mussaw who was lying in the unlit highway," ISP reported.

Mussaw was transported to St. Luke's Magic Valley Regional Medical Center where she later died.

Blaine County residents traveling from the Twin Falls area reported that they were rerouted from the accident scene toward Gooding.

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