OROFINO – Idaho State Police is continuing to investigate last week’s fatal single-vehicle crash near Orofino on Old State Highway 7.

Michael H. Gerten, 37, was transported to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston where he died as a result of his injuries. Alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash.

Last Tuesday, April 9, ISP first had contact with Gerten, driving a 2017 Dodge Ram pickup, at 1:48 p.m. as he headed toward a road closure. Gerten failed to yield, and the pursuit was subsequently discontinued due to weather and road conditions. Shortly following, Gerten failed to negotiate a curve near milepost 47, resulting in a crash.

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