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For the week of May 28 - June 3, 2003


Teen killed in one of three rollovers

Express Staff Writer

In the third of three single car rollover accidents over Memorial Day weekend, 18-year-old Wood River High School junior Sara Alstrom, was killed after being ejected from a 1991 Mitsubishi Montero. The vehicle owned by fellow passenger Corey Kubin, 21, who was also ejected, was being driven by the third occupant Shannon Engkraft, 19.

While initiating a passing maneuver Sunday, Engkraft observed another vehicle coming from behind her also trying to pass. Trying to correct from pulling in front of the second vehicle, she swerved until the Montero careened into the barrow pit and struck a large sagebrush on the east side of Highway 17, which started the vehicle rolling, said Blaine County Sheriff Walt Feming.

Engkraft who was wearing a seat belt sustained minor injuries and was released from St. Lukes Wood River Medical Center. Kubin was flown to Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise for intensive care and treated for head and facial injuries and a bruised lung. He was released Tuesday morning.

Alstrom who had been asleep in the back seat was pronounced dead by the county coroner, who removed her body from the scene.

The crash is still under investigation by the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Idaho State Police.

The first of the two previous rollover incidents occurred at 3:30 Saturday when Katelyn Whitmire, 15, rolled a 2001 Ford Escape on N. Picabo Road. She was taken to St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

The second incident occurred at 1:15 Saturday when Mark Galica, 16, of Twin Falls, rolled a 1996 Chevy Blazer on Highway 75 north of Galena pass. The Stanley ambulance took him to St. Luke’s, where he was also treated and released.



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