July 6, 1997 in Idaho

S. Idaho Area Has 6th Fatality In Two Days

Associated Press
 

A traffic accident involving a boat trailer has brought the number of Fourth of July weekend deaths in Elmore County to six.

An Idaho State Police dispatcher said Shane Darner, 33, of La Grande, Ore., was killed Saturday afternoon when the Ford Bronco he was driving flipped over.

Darner and his wife, Cheryl, 36, had stopped to change a flat tire on the trailer hauling their boat. After changing the tire, the couple pulled back onto Interstate 84 near King Hill and were eastbound when the tire came off.

The boat trailer started to tip, then dragged the Bronco over with it. The Bronco rolled over Shane after he was thrown from it.

On Friday, five people were killed when a pickup went out of control and hit another vehicle.

Two adults and two children were riding in one vehicle. The male driver of the pickup, who was alone, also was killed in the crash.

Idaho State Police identified four of the victims on Saturday as Jack and Linda Boley of Naperville, Ill., and their daughters, Nicca, 14, and Krista, 12. The parents’ ages were not available.

Police said investigators were checking dental records to determine the identity of the other driver and did not expect to release his name until Monday.

The crash occurred Friday evening on U.S. 20, five miles northeast of Mountain Home.

Authorities said the westbound pickup with Nevada plates failed to negotiate a curve on the two-lane highway and then crossed the center line into the path of the eastbound utility vehicle.

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