COTTONWOOD – Inattentive driving was cited as a factor in last Thursday’s semi-truck rollover accident that resulted in minor injuries for the driver.
ISP investigating Aug. 1 fatal crash
Idaho State Police is investigating last Friday’s fatal motorcycle accident on U.S. Highway 12 east of Kamiah that claimed a Washington resident.
Donald K. Zimmerly, 63, of Camas, died of his injuries at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.
The incident was reported at 4:38 p.m., Aug. 1, at milepost 55, according to ISP. Zimmerly was headed east on a 2001 Harley-Davidson XL883 when he left the roadway off the eastbound shoulder, and the bike came to rest in the barrow pit.
U.S. 12 was closed intermittently for approximately three hours.
ISP was assisted on-scene by Kamiah Fire Department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Nez Perce Tribal Police and Idaho Transportation Department. Wrecker services were provided by B&B Towing.
Leroy G. Spencer, 69, of Payette, was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital (SMH) in Cottonwood with non-incapacitating injuries. SMH does not release patient information.
The crash was reported Aug. 7, 9:56 a.m., 3.8 miles north of Cottonwood on Cottonwood Butte Road, according to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) report. Spencer was eastbound driving a 1987 Freightliner semi hauling a flatbed trailer with round hay bales when he failed to negotiate a left-hand curve. The semi and trailer left the roadway on the right shoulder, traveled through a barbed-wire fence and overturned. The semi came to rest in the eastbound lane, and the trailer was off the roadway in a field.
A citation for inattentive driving is pending against Spencer. The semi was owned by 2T Trucking of White Bird.
ICSO Deputy Gideon Roberts investigated the crash, assisted by Cottonwood Police Officer Wes Walters. Dale’s Rescue Towing provided wrecker services.
U.S. 12 scene of several crashes
Last week was a dangerous time on U.S. Highway 12 with multiple accidents reported, resulting in injuries requiring medical attention.
Inattention results in chain-collision
KAMIAH — Inattention while driving through an accident scene resulted in a three-car chain crash last week, resulting in minor injuries.
The crash was reported last Wednesday, Aug. 6, on U.S. 12, three miles north of Kamiah (milepost 63), according to Idaho State Police (ISP). Ariel M. Logue, 20, of Kamiah, was driving a 1990 Toyota Tercel eastbound and failed to notice traffic in her lane had stopped for a crash. Her Toyota struck the rear end of a 2004 Ford Explorer, driven by Alana R. Curtis, 37, of Kooskia, pushing that vehicle into the back of a second 2004 Ford Explorer driven by Theresa L. Graham, 48, of Kamiah.
Curtis, and Graham and her two minor child passengers were uninjured; all were wearing seat belts.
Logue and her passenger, Tristan C. Krieger, 13, of Kamiah, were injured and transported to hospitals, respectively, in Lewiston and Orofino. Her second passenger, a 2-and-a half-month-old child, was in a car seat and was not injured.
ISP was assisted on the crash by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Wrecker services were provided by Miles Towing.
Georgia truck driver injured in rollover crash
A Georgia truck driver received injuries following a rollover accident Aug. 6 on U.S. 12 near Saddle Camp.
Hakeem Temple, 24, of Stone Mountain, was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.
The crash was reported at 7:52 a.m., milepost 143.5, according to ISP. Temple was driving a 2014 International semi with a trailer when he failed to negotiate a right-hand curve, and the vehicle left the road and rolled.
ISP was assisted on the incident by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. Jackson’s Towing provided wrecker services.
Kamiah residents injured in crash at Orofino
Three Kamiah residents were injured in a two-car crash last Tuesday, Aug. 5, on U.S. 12 at Orofino.
Driver Robert J. Jacobsen, 70, and driver Tammy E. Stewart, 53, and her passenger, Austin D. Barnes, 11, were transported to Clearwater Valley Hospital (CVH) in Orofino; CVH does not release patient status information.
The crash was reported at 7:52 a.m. at milepost 44.5, according to ISP. Stewart was eastbound leaving Orofino driving a 2009 Ford Focus, and Jacobsen was southbound on State Highway 7 driving a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta. According to ISP, Jacobsen failed to stop at the stop sign at the junction of the two highways, and he collided with Stewart’s vehicle.
Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office assisted ISP. Orofino Body provided wrecker services.