Friday, June 11, 2010

Woman stable following Timmerman crash

Sheriff’s office investigating possible seatbelt misuse


By EXPRESS STAFF

A 74-year-old Boise woman was flown by emergency helicopter to a Boise hospital following a two-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon at Timmerman Junction south of Bellevue. Photo by Willy Cook

A 74-year-old Boise woman was in stable condition Wednesday at a Boise hospital following a two-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon at Timmerman Junction south of Bellevue.

The woman, identified by the Blaine County Sheriff's Office as Winifred Ruth Rosenberg, was flown by emergency helicopter to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center following the accident at about 1:30 p.m.

Wood River Fire & Rescue Chief Bart Lassman said the woman was complaining of head, neck, shoulder and stomach pain and "began to have trouble breathing and that's why we had her flown to Saint Al's."

Sheriff's Capt. Ed Fuller said Rosenberg was a passenger in a blue Toyota SUV driven by her husband, Larry Rosenberg, 76. He said the couple was westbound on U.S. Highway 20, returning to Boise from a vacation, when Larry Rosenberg stopped at the traffic light and then proceeded across state Highway 75.

The Rosenberg vehicle then collided with a southbound blue Dodge Durango driven by Socorro Bolla-Paredez, 31, of Bellevue. Fuller said Bolla-Paredez and two other adult women in the Durango were headed to Twin Falls along with six children to attend a birthday party.

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Lassman said the three women "did not have any obvious injuries" but were transported by ambulance to St. Luke's Regional Medical Center for "precautionary reasons."

"The children were restrained and they were all fine," Lassman said.

Fuller said Larry Rosenberg was issued a citation alleging failure to yield at a stop sign.

He said all 11 people involved in the accident were wearing seatbelts, but that the sheriff's office is investigating a possible charge against Bolla-Paredez for possibly having too many people in the vehicle and having two children strapped into the same seatbelt.

"That's not the way it's supposed to be done," Fuller said.

According to the Idaho Transportation Department statistics, Timmerman Junction was the fourth most accident-prone rural area in Blaine County from 2004 to 2008.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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