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For the week of January 17 through January 23, 2001

Van accident kills woman in Gooding

Express Staff Writer

GOODING -- A Sun Valley Express van carrying 16 passengers collided with another van driven by a Gooding woman Jan. 10, killing her instantly.

The Idaho State Trooper on the scene, Bob Bingham, said Florence Ascuena, 35, was traveling north on 2000 East Road in Gooding and ran a stop sign at the intersection with state Highway 26.

Bingham reported that Ascuena’s vehicle, a 1996 Dodge van, was broadsided by the Sun Valley Express van, a 1999 Ford 550, as the shuttle serevice van was traveling west on Highway 26 to the Boise airport. The impact threw Ascuena from her vehicle.

The speed limit on Highway 26 at the intersection is 65 mph.

Bingham said he believed Ascuena would have survived if she had been wearing her seat belt.

Only one person in the 24-passenger Express van was injured. Glenda Nicol, 64, of Ketchum, suffered a sprained wrist and was treated and released from Gooding Memorial Hospital.

Gooding police said Ascuena was on her way to a daycare center she owned. She was married to Gooding police Lt. Andy Ascuena.

Robin Holstad, office supervisor for Sun Valley Express in Boise, said her office was able to rescheduled the flights of the passengers and that all of them, although shaken by the experience, went "on their way."



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