Friday, July 8, 2011

Investigation continues into fatal crash

ISP discusses possible charges with Jerome prosecutor


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Dayle Evan Fowler

Idaho State Police reported Wednesday that the agency is working with the Jerome County Prosecuting Attorney's Office to determine if charges will be filed against a truck driver in a fatal vehicle accident last week that claimed the life of a well-known Hailey woman.

"We don't suspect alcohol, but we are investigating all aspects of it," said ISP Cpl. Andrew Hitt.

The accident occurred northeast of Jerome shortly after noon on Tuesday, June 28, in a construction zone on U.S. Highway 93 a few miles north of its intersection with state Highway 25.

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According to Hitt, a Volvo 18-wheel tractor trailer driven by Byrus L. Gatewood, 47, of West Valley, Utah, struck and killed 62-year-old Dayle Evan Fowler, who had gotten out of her vehicle during a construction delay. The truck then hit Fowler's vehicle and two other cars stopped ahead of her on the highway.

All the vehicles were northbound. Hitt said Gatewood failed to stop and "plowed into them."

Hitt said the truck is owned by Watkins & Shepard Trucking. The company has terminals nationwide but is headquartered in Missoula, Mont.

Hitt said information from the investigation is being shared with the prosecutor's office, which will make the decision on whether to file charges.

Fowler had lived in the Wood River Valley for about eight years. She was well known as a philanthropist who donated both her money and her time to numerous local nonprofit organizations.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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