JEROME — Two people died and six people were injured Saturday night in a crash in Jerome County.
Martina E. Rivera Sandoval, 44, of Jerome was killed in the crash at 150 West, 100 North. A child later died at a hospital.
According to the Idaho State Police, Shentasha L. Bybee, 20, of Rexburg, was driving a BMW north on 150 West when she failed to yield for a stop sign, colliding with a vehicle driven by Luis V. Ortiz Vega, 48, of Jerome, who was driving a Dodge minivan.
Bybee was taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s Jerome Medical Center. Bybee’s passengers, Michael J. Wornell, 29, of Twin Falls, and Cole A. Hatcher, 23, of Jerome, were flown via to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.
Vega and two children were also flown to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. One child was taken to St. Luke’s in Jerome. The condition of those injured was not available Sunday night.
The intersection was blocked for about 5 1/2 hours.
ISP is investigating. Jerome Police Department, Jerome County Sheriff’s Office, Jerome County Rural Fire Department, Magic Valley Paramedics, Life Flight Network and Air Saint Luke’s assisted.
TWIN FALLS — A teen boy has been charged in the hit-and-run accident at a Twin Falls McDonald’s that was a close call for restaurant diners.
Police say a 14-year-old boy drove into the front of the McDonald’s building at 110 Addison Ave. W. Nov. 3 while he was waiting for a friend who was inside the adjacent convenience store. The Ford Explorer came close to hurting two children inside the restaurant, Valley Food Service President Bill Kyle told the Times-News.
The boy fled the scene in the truck before police could arrive, leaving his friend at the service station, police reports say.
“His vehicle died a few blocks away from the location of the accident,” Lt. Terry Thueson said. “He did get out and ran on foot.”
Police worked to track him down as he fled to his home on the north side of town. Hours later, his parents turned him in, Thueson said.
The boy was taken into custody and charged with leaving the scene of an accident — a misdemeanor crime because there were no injuries.
But it was a close call, said Kyle, who went to the restaurant as soon as he found out about the crash. One child inside said a portion of the wall hit in in the leg, but he wasn’t hurt enough to need medical attention.
Another younger child, Kyle said, had been walking toward the door to go out, but got out of the way just in time.
Police have not confirmed whether the 14-year-old driver had a valid driver’s license. In Idaho, children are eligible for driver’s education at 14 ½ years.
The driver was not cited with any lesser violations, but Thueson said the responding officer wouldn’t necessarily add lesser charges, if applicable, because a guilty plea could nullify the higher charge.
“The kid was using somebody else’s vehicle, and the owner of the vehicle has no insurance,” Kyle said.
He’d also been told that the owner of the vehicle was in jail at the time of the accident. Kyle said his priority is to make necessary repairs first, but then he would probably pursue getting payment for the damages from the driver’s parents. He estimates damages to be at least $5,000
“My deductible won’t even touch that, so it’s going to be entirely out-of-pocket,” Kyle said.
The loss to business due to the boarded-up entrance has been “detrimental,” he added. A sign posted on the boards outside tells customers they can enter the restaurant from the convenience store.
Repairs will probably not be complete until the end of the month, and include replacing metalwork, brickwork, tiles and damaged furniture.
TWIN FALLS — A Twin Falls woman was arraigned Thursday on charges she beat another woman in a fit of road rage at Blue Lakes Boulevard North.
Jennifer Leigh Hohnhorst, 30, was charged with battery and malicious injury to property.
According to a court affidavit, Hohnhorst had, at about 7:30 a.m. Oct. 13, stopped her 2002 Chevy Silverado in the westbound right-turn lane on Bridgeview Boulevard at Blue Lakes while the light was green.
Francesca R. Hills pulled up behind Hohnhorst’s pickup, waiting to turn. The traffic light turned red, then green again, and Hohnhorst’s pickup still didn’t move. A driver waiting behind Hills honked their horn, then Hills honked at Hohnhorst.
Hohnhorst got out of her vehicle and approached Hill, opened her door and punched her in the mouth, using a “back-handed” fist, according to the affidavit, court documents said. Hohnhorst began pulling Hill’s hair, trying to pull her out of the vehicle while her seat belt was still on.
When Hills got out, Hohnhorst bashed her head into the back window of her car, then took her to the pavement, court documents said. Two unidentified men separated the women and Hohnhorst began yelling at them.
Hohnhorst then threw what Hills thought was a cellphone at her car, damaging the windshield. Hohnhorst drove off in her pickup toward the Perrine Bridge.
Nichole Stueve, a witness to the altercation, later told Twin Falls Police Officer Powell Eaton she saw Hohnhorst pull Hills out of her car by her hair.
“Ms. Hohnhorst ‘drove’ Ms. Hills’ head ‘still grabbing her by the hair into the back glass of her vehicle over and over at least three times, face first,’” Eaton reported in the affidavit.
Stueve provided the license plate number of the Silverado, registered to Hohnhorst.
When Eaton presented Hills with a photo lineup, she immediately picked out Hohnhorst’s photo, police said.
A pretrial conference is set for Jan. 3 in Twin Falls County Court.