Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Citations issued in teen canyon crash

Sheriff releases new information on injured youths


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey said Monday that misdemeanor drug and alcohol charges have been made against an 18-year-old Hailey man following an accident that injured four teenagers last week in the canyon east of Winterhaven Drive in Hailey.

Ramsey said citations have been issued to Zachariah C. Stone alleging minor driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and minor possession of alcohol. According to an accident report, Stone was the driver of a 2001 Chevrolet pickup that crashed into a ravine around 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

Stone and three juveniles, a 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds, whose names were not released, were injured in the crash. Ramsey said Stone and the two 17-year-olds suffered concussions or minor injuries while the 16-year-old suffered a back injury and was transported by emergency helicopter to a Boise hospital for possible back surgery.

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"We had two life flights coming, but we canceled one before it got there," Ramsey said.

According to a news release issued by the sheriff's office last week, one of the 17-year-olds was a girl from Bellevue and the other was a boy from Hailey. The 16-year-old was a boy from Hailey. The news release stated that none of the vehicle's occupants were wearing seatbelts but that none of them were ejected from the vehicle.

Ramsey said Stone was apparently trying to climb a hill when the vehicle lost traction.

"Its wheels spun out and it proceeded backward," Ramsey said. "It came to a ravine and went airborne."

Ramsey said the vehicle rolled about 150 yards down the hill before coming to the ravine. He said the vehicle was airborne for about 30 feet before crashing into the ravine.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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