Idaho State Police report a string of bad car accidents in the region sent a number of drivers and passengers to local hospitals and claimed the life of a Magic Valley teen.
Filer High School senior Michael Reichlein, 18, was killed late Friday evening when his vehicle was struck by car travelling on U.S. Highway 93 near Twin Falls. The driver of the second vehicle, 45-year-old Richard Nicholson of Henderson, Nev., was taken to St. Luke's Medical Center for treatment of injuries.
State Police are also investigating a crash on Idaho State Highway 52 between Emmett and Black Canyon Dam on Saturday afternoon. A vehicle driven by 19-year-old Jacob Atkinson of Nampa went off the right side of the road, overcorrected, came back onto the highway and crossed the center line, striking a truck head-on. Atkinson and his front-seat passenger were taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, while the driver of the truck, 75-year-old Jon Winter of Emmett was taken Walter Knox Memorial Hospital in Emmett.
Yet another bad crash, early this morning, sent another driver to the hospital and blocked two lanes of traffic on the I-184 connector, near the Garden City exit. ISP says 22-year-old Amanda Haven of Boise was travelling away from the Downtown Boise area when her vehicle slid into the median and struck a barrier. She was rushed to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Police say Haven was not wearing her seatbelt.