Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Latest Timmerman crash like others

Nampa man issued citation alleging failure to yield


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office reported Monday that last Thursday's vehicle accident at Timmerman Junction was similar to most of the others that occur at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and state Highway 75—an east- or west-bound vehicle stops at the flashing red light and then proceeds across the intersection as if it's a four-way stop.

Four people were injured in the latest crash, but Sheriff's Lt. Jay Davis said all of the vehicle occupants were wearing seatbelts and none of the injuries was life threatening.

Davis said the accident occurred just before 9 a.m. when an eastbound silver Buick Lucerne, driven by Lavern Alden Fernau, 80, of Nampa, collided with a northbound gold Toyota Tacoma driven by Veronica Borrayo, 31, of Shoshone.

Fernau and his wife, 74-year-old Ida Belle Fernau, were transported by Ketchum Fire Department ambulance to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center. A passenger in the Borrayo vehicle, Maria Sermeno, 26, of Jerome, was taken to St. Luke's by Wood River Fire and Rescue ambulance. Borrayo was transported by emergency helicopter to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. She was no longer listed as a patient on Tuesday.

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Davis said Lavern Fernau was issued a citation alleging failure to yield.

"Lavern stopped at the stop sign, thought it was a four-way stop and proceeded into the path of the Tacoma and they collided," Davis said.

Four people were also injured in a crash at the junction south of Bellevue on June 8.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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