Friday, May 4, 2012

4 injured in Hailey canyon crash

Driver teen treated and released at St. Luke’s


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

An 18-year-old Hailey man was treated and released at St. Luke's Wood River following a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in the canyon east of Winterhaven Drive in Hailey.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Zachariah C. Stone. However, the Sheriff's Office declined to release the names of three juveniles who it reported were also injured in the crash. A press release only identified them as a 17-year-old Bellevue girl and two Hailey boys, 16 and 17.

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The Idaho Mountain Express was unable to ascertain the names of the juveniles by press deadline Thursday. Without the names, St. Luke's was unable to provide condition reports, citing the federal Health Insurance Probability and Accountability Act, usually referred to as HIPPA, as justification.

"It's a violation of patient privacy," said St. Luke's spokeswoman Jenny King.

The Sheriff's Office reported that the accident occurred around 3:15 p.m. when a 2001 Chevrolet pickup driven by Stone crashed into a ravine, ejecting Stone and the three passengers, who were not wearing seatbelts. The accident remains under investigation.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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