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Cause as yet undetermined for Saturday’s fatal crash at Riggins



— The cause of Saturday’s single-vehicle fatality crash and who was driving at the time remains undetermined as the investigation continues.


Katelyn Thayer

Katelyn J. Thayer, 17, was killed in the April 21 crash reported 2.4 miles up the Salmon River Road, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.

A second person reported involved in the incident, Alaska Frandsen, 17, of Malad, was transported to McCall and flown by Life Flight to Boise. She has since been released from care.

The accident was reported around 9 p.m. to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center regarding a 2001 Ford F350 pickup that had crashed and was upside down in the river.

While responding, according to an ICSO release, the Riggins Ambulance was met by a vehicle transporting Frandsen. She had reportedly been ejected from the vehicle, and witnesses transported her to meet the ambulance.

Frandsen advised responders there were multiple persons in the vehicle. While uprighting the vehicle, persons reported to be in the vehicle arrived on scene.

Thayer was removed from the vehicle and was deceased. No other victims have been located and investigators believe Frandsen and Thayer were the only occupants of the vehicle.

ICSO Deputy Scott Paulsen is investigating the incident.

Assistance was provided by Riggins and Salmon River Rural fire departments, McCall Police Department, Valley County Sheriff’s Office, and ICSO deputies Justin Scuka, Mike Chelbowski and Sheriff Doug Giddings.


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